Improving the dynamic performance of container carrying freight wagons

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Container carrying wagons have in the past been designed with bogies based on designs developed for bulk freight wagons. The Y25 bogie is one of the most commonly used freight bogies; this bogie has a primary vertical suspension with nested ‘tare’ and ‘laden’ springs and friction damping proportional to the load carried by the ‘tare’ spring. These bogies work well for tare and fully laden, but for container wagons which can carry intermediate loads the damping can be less than optimal. This can be a problem when these vehicle travel over track containing cyclic top defects. The solution is to slightly increase the damping for intermediate loads by changing the ‘tare’ spring to a variable rate spring. Simulations carried out in this study show that the proposed arrangement would give good dynamic performance for an example 40-foot (13m) wagon, when travelling over cyclic top considering the whole loading range.
Period5 Jul 2021
Event title2nd International Conference on Rail Transportation
Event typeConference
Conference number2
LocationChengdu Sichuan Province, ChinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational