A Dedicated Control Design Methodology for Improved Tilting Train Performance

Hugo Magalhães, Pedro Antunes, João Pombo, Jorge Ambrósio

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The development of detailed multibody models of railway vehicles is essential to address industrial problems through computational tools. The assessment of vehicle dynamic performance is one of the studies that can be performed with a multibody software. But when tilting trains are considered, which comprise active suspension elements, control engineering theories are required to estimate the forces developed by the actuators. Despite its importance, in general the details about the tilting control algorithm are unknown. In this work, a dedicated control design methodology is proposed to estimate the control algorithm of a tilting system in order to assure a proper vehicle performance. For this purpose, a detailed multibody model of a tilting train is used to perform a batch of simulations in order to develop an accurate linear model of the tilting system and to study its performance in realistic operation conditions. Thus, the traditional control techniques can be used to assess the tilting system dynamics and to design the control algorithm so that proper tilting performance is ensured. The control algorithm and the tilting performance are tested on a curved and tangent track with track irregularities. The comfort indexes PCT and RMS are used here to assess the tilting system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Symposium of the International Association of Vehicle System Dynamics, IAVSD 2019
EditorsMatthijs Klomp, Fredrik Bruzelius, Jens Nielsen, Angela Hillemyr
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030380779
ISBN (Print)9783030380762
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020
Event26th IAVSD International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 12 Aug 201916 Aug 2019
Conference number: 26

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


Conference26th IAVSD International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks
Abbreviated titleIAVSD 2019
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