07 Apr '11, 2am

Major delay on MRT system along East-West line - Yahoo!

I have seen an axle which omitted black smoke from the wheels of our MRT system train. It was about three months ago. I've a few friends working in Singapore MRT. I was told it's due to the chevron spring that was burn. The chevron spring is located near the wheel, on both sides of the wheel axle bearing. So the axle bearing is in between the two chevron springs, which is made of rubber. The reason I was told was because the axle bearing overheated and transmitted the heat to the chevron springs and burned it. The question now is why the bearing overheated as lubricant transfer heat; lubricant reduces the overall system friction, separate moving parts in a system and in the overall, stop the risk of smoke and fire of objects. Now why the fire and overheating did occur? The users and the public need and have the right to know what they are riding in or on and how safe it is...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/major-delay...

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