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A New Criterion for Prediction of Train Derailment

[+] Author Affiliations
Mohammad Durali, Mohammad Mahdi Jalili

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. DETC2007-34277, pp. 1795-1803; 9 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A new criterion for prediction of train derailment is presented in this paper. A 3 DOF wheel-set model is used to identify the main dynamic parameters that affect wheel-set derailment. Using these parameters and conventional definition of derailment coefficient, a new criterion for prediction of wheelset derailment is introduced. The proposed criterion, in addition to offering the required precision in prediction of wheel set derailment, requires measurements which are several times easier. To evaluate the capability of the new criterion in prediction of derailment, it was used to determine derailment of a full wagon model with 48 DOF moving on a rail with different random irregularities. The results were then compared with the predictions of conventional derailment coefficients.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Trains



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