Describing and assessing track geometry quality

Andreas Haigermoser, Bridget Eickhoff, Dirk Thomas, Frederic Coudert, Gerald Grabner, Manfred Zacher, Sönke Kraft, Yann Bezin

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Track geometry quality has an important influence on the dynamic behaviour of the vehicles. Control of track geometry during the maintenance process and for the vehicle assessment (homologation) is necessary. Within the project, DYNOTRAIN methods for describing and assessing track geometry have been studied. Data from a comprehensive test campaign have been used to measure the effectiveness of different track geometry assessment methods. The vehicle behaviour has been studied by a multiple regression model with varying track geometry description methods. It had been shown that it is essential to include track geometry in the vehicle assessment process in a proper way. Depending on the assessment quantity and the vehicle type, the mostly used method in Europe (standard deviation in wavelength range 3-25 m) allows in combination with speed, cant deficiency and curvature the explanation of 20-80% of the total variation of the vehicle reaction. Other methods and new alternative methods intended to model a typical vehicle behaviour mostly give no or only a small improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-206
Number of pages18
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Early online date3 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2014
Event23rd IAVSD Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks - Qingdao, China
Duration: 19 Aug 201323 Aug 2013
Conference number: 23


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