A broad approach to switch profiles optimisation using multibody dynamic simulation

  • Bezin, Y. (Speaker)
  • Dimitrios Kostovasilis (Speaker)
  • Sergio Goncalves Moreira Das Neves (Speaker)
  • Andy Foan (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The team of researchers at the university of Huddersfield has been working with Andy Foan Ltd under the Shift2Rail initiative In2Track to help increase the current knowledge and understanding of the performance of switches. The work stems from the fact that a wide number of industrial practices have been developed over many years by different infrastructure managers and S&C suppliers, but as a matter of fact the knowledge about the influence of each design choice remains scattered and mostly unavailable to key stakeholders.Research has often focused on one specific design feature and lacked a broader view in terms of end user application (local installation conditions, traffic conditions, duty load conditions etc…). Therefore, in this project many options are combined and analysed to understand the interaction between features and their effect on performance. Representative cases are then assessed in a systematic and scientific manner using advanced vehicle dynamics simulation software.It is expected that the output will be a clearer picture of the available possibilities to enhance switch reliability and also help drive further research to bring about further improvement.
Event title4th International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance
Event typeConference
Conference number4
LocationSitges, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational