fish plate


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

fish plate

[′fish ‚plāt]
(civil engineering)
One of a pair of steel plates bolted to the sides of a rail or beam joint, to secure the joint.
References in periodicals archive ?
The HSE said yesterday that the fish plate broke under fatigue stresses and became detached as a result of the bolts securing it coming undone.
An investigation team while visiting the affected railway bridge found out bolts and fish plates [fish plate is a metal or wooden plate that is bolted to the sides at the ends of two rails or beams, to join them] some 400 meters away from the accident spot, as well as some frictional scratches on the track, which indicates that everything is not OK with it.
Raipur, May 14 ( ANI ): Suspected Naxalites are said to have removed fish plates from railway tracks on the Vishakhapattam-Kirandul route that led to the derailment of thirteen bogies and two engines of a freight train on Wednesday in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-hit Bastar District.
Modifications were also made to the D9H case and frame by the addition of rear "track to frame" supports, a stiff bar and the addition of fish plates to strengthen the sideboom mounting structure.
Exposed joists, girders, bolted connections, fish plates and gussets emphasise the inherent tectonic dimension of the structure.
While speaking on the issue of internal security of the country during presentation of the MHA's monthly report card, Chidambaram said: "On May 28, 2010 the Howrah-Kurla-Jnaneshwari Express was derailed by removal of fish plates and the cutting off of a portion of the rail track.