To ensure the safety and of reducing the costs of maintenances in railways systems, it is necessary to evaluate the life prediction of fatigue crack initiation in rolling contact fatigue starting from the defects. The influence of defects on the rolling contact fatigue was studied, we simulated two types of geometry of defect (circular and elliptic) and also we studied the influence of defects clusters. The stresses and deformations were analyzed in the vicinity of the defect. Calculations were carried out with four levels of loading with the code of finite elements ABAQUS-standard (version 6.3). The fatigue impact was evaluated by using the multiaxial fatigue parameter to estimate the rolling contact fatigue life.

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