A comparison between the use of straight and curved beam elements for modelling curved railway tracks

  • Dimitrios Kostovasilis (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


A major environmental concern related to railway traffic is vibration. A lot of research has been carried out to understand vibration of straight tracks, with less attention been paid to curved tracks. Modelling the dynamic behaviour of a curved railway track is important to understand the physics of generation and propagation of vibration from trains at non-straight sections of tracks. Modelling is also important to assess the current and any alternative track designs from an environmental point of view. In this paper a curved track is modelled and the effect of curvature is investigated. Two models have been developed and their results have been compared. In the first, the curved track is modelled using straight beam elements. In the second curved beam elements are used. For both, the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory has been adopted to describe their bending behaviour. The elements have 12 degrees of freedom accounting for
Period10 Sep 2013
Event title11th International Conference on Vibration Problems
Event typeConference
Conference number11
LocationLisbon, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational