Dynamics of railway freight vehicles

S. D. Iwnicki, S. Stichel, A. Orlova, M. Hecht

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This paper summarises the historical development of railway freight vehicles and how vehicle designers have tackled the difficult challenges of producing running gear which can accommodate the very high tare to laden mass of typical freight wagons whilst maintaining stable running at the maximum required speed and good curving performance. The most common current freight bogies are described in detail and recent improvements in techniques used to simulate the dynamic behaviour of railway vehicles are summarised and examples of how these have been used to improve freight vehicle dynamic behaviour are included. A number of recent developments and innovative components and sub systems are outlined and finally two new developments are presented in more detail: the LEILA bogie and the SUSTRAIL bogie.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-1033
Number of pages39
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue number7
Early online date12 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015
Event24th Symposium of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics - Graz, Austria
Duration: 17 Aug 201521 Aug 2015
Conference number: 24


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