SAIL BSP Starts Producing Superior R260 Grade Rails
PSU Connect reported that Steel Authority of India Limited’s Bhilai Steel Plant has switched over rail production to superior R260 Grade Rail to meet Indian Railways requirement. Bhilai Steel Plant is now producing & supplying the desired new R260 grade of rails with a new 60E1 profile to Indian Railways. This new R260 grade of rails with even more stringent specification norms than European standard EN 13674 coupled with a perfectly engineered 60E1 profile is more suitable for higher speed and higher axle load. The higher strength of this new grade of rails being supplied by SAIL-Bhilai will enable to withstand more rigorous Rail traffic loads and also achieve better service life and will help in reducing cycle time cost. More than 56,000 tonnes of R260 grade rails with 60E1 profile have so far been rolled out and about 50,000 tonnes has already been despatched to Indian Railways in the months of April & May 2021.
The new R260 grade not only ensures cleaner steel but also provides better mechanical properties. This micro-alloyed special R260 grade steel is being produced in both Steel Melting Shops of Bhilai SMS 3 and SMS 2. The new grade rails in new profile 60E1 are being rolled out from Universal Rail Mill as well as from its Rail & Structural Mill.
Indian Railways is moving towards operating at higher axle load and speed for which it required micro-alloyed R260 grade Rail steel exhibiting higher yield strength.