Dynamics of a vehicle-track coupling system at a rail joint

Ilaria Grossoni, Simon Iwnicki, Yann Bezin, Cencen Gong

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The dynamic behaviour at a rail joint is examined using a two-dimensional vehicle-track coupling model. The track system is described as a finite-length beam resting on a double-layer discrete viscous-elastic foundation. The vehicle is represented by a half car body and a single bogie. The influence of the number of layers considered, the number of elements between two sleepers, and the beam model is investigated. Parametric studies, both of the coupling model and the analytic formulae, are carried out in order to understand the influence of the main track and vehicle parameters on the P1 and P2 peak forces. Finally, the results in terms of P2 force from the proposed model are compared, not only with measured values but also with other simulated and analytical solutions. An excellent agreement between these values is found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-374
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2015


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