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Analysis of Steady Motions on Curved Tracks Using Multibody Models

[+] Author Affiliations
José L. Escalona, Rosario Chamorro

University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain

Paper No. DETC2007-34760, pp. 1871-1879; 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


In this paper a systematic procedure for evaluating the steady curving of railroad vehicles is developed. The equations of motion obtained using multibody dynamics and the elastic contact method are used to this end. The method proposed can deal with flange contact of the wheels. Two coordinate transformations are needed to evaluate the steady curving as an equilibrium position of the system instead of a periodic orbit. The stability of the motions is also evaluated by using a special eigenvalue analysis of the equations of motion. The procedure developed simplifies significantly the analysis of the curving performance of railroad vehicles without loosing accuracy or generality. The paper includes as a numerical example the steady motion of an unsuspended wheelset. The comparison of the numerical results with classical theories shows the accuracy of the method proposed.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Motion



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