Evaluation of passive and active steering systems for railway vehicles using Matlab and Simulink simulation

Abdelmenem Abobghala, Simon Iwnicki, Roger Goodall

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Over the last 30 years, a number of powerful software packages for predicting the dynamic behaviour of railway vehicles have been developed. These packages are widely accepted within the industry and they can significantly shorten the design process and avoid the need for extensive field testing. The current trend within the industry of moving towards developing vehicles with mechatronic and novel systems has highlighted the shortcomings within many of these software packages. One solution to overcome this issue is to use co-simulation. However, co-simulation is costly and time-consuming. To avoid this cost and time consumption, modelling the mechatronic parts in one simulation is recommended. Therefore, to illustrate how this can be done, this paper describes the development of a mechatronic model of a railway vehicle using MATLAB and Simulink. The model includes the electrical and mechanical elements (including traction and active steering systems) which can be used to study methods aiming to optimise the energy consumption of the vehicle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Automation & Computing, (University of Huddersfield, 7-8 September 2017)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780701702601
ISBN (Print)9781509050406
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017
Event23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing: Addressing Global Challenges through Automation and Computing - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 23
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Conference23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing
Abbreviated titleICAC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe scope of the conference covers a broad spectrum of areas with multi-disciplinary interests in the fields of automation, control engineering, computing and information systems, ranging from fundamental research to real-world applications.
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