Development of a new running gear for the spectrum intermodal vehicle

P. Shackleton, Y. Bezin, D. Crosbee, P. Molyneux-Berry, A. Kaushal

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Abstract

The European Union (EU) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project Spectrum [12] set out to develop a freight vehicle which would facilitate the exploitation of the low density, high value (LDHV) goods market. Key to the performance criteria for the vehicle were: increased speed to enable mixed running with passenger services; improved ride quality to avoid damage to the LDHV goods; and reduced track damage for longevity and sustainability on increasingly stressed infrastructure. This paper presents aspects of the development of a novel running gear arrangement for the Spectrum vehicle, focussing on the dynamic performance of aVampire vehicle model and the steps to realising stable running. Finally, the estimated performance of the Spectrum vehicle concept is compared against calculations for a conventional freight wagon with respect to curving, vertical track forces and potential savings in track access charges through implementation of Network Rail’s Variable Track Access Charge Calculator. It was found that the novel Spectrum concept could offer savings in Variable Usage Charges of between 8% and 16% compared to the conventional equivalent.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Symposium of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics, IAVSD 2015
EditorsMartin Rosenberger, Manfred Plöchl, Klaus Six, Johannes Edelmann
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages1461-1470
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781138028852
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016
Event24th Symposium of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics - Graz, Austria
Duration: 17 Aug 201521 Aug 2015
Conference number: 24

Conference

Conference24th Symposium of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics
Abbreviated titleIAVSD 2015
CountryAustria
CityGraz
Period17/08/1521/08/15

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Shackleton, P., Bezin, Y., Crosbee, D., Molyneux-Berry, P., & Kaushal, A. (2016). Development of a new running gear for the spectrum intermodal vehicle. In M. Rosenberger, M. Plöchl, K. Six, & J. Edelmann (Eds.), The Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks: Proceedings of the 24th Symposium of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics, IAVSD 2015 (pp. 1461-1470). CRC Press/Balkema.