Railway Vehicle Active Suspensions in Theory and Practice.

R. M. Goodall, R. A. Williams, A. Lawton, P. R. Harborough

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A project is being carried out by British Rail R & D Division to examine the feasibility of using active control to improve the performance of secondary suspensions for railway vehicles. Historically the project stems both from work on magnetically levitated vehicles (1) and from the Division’s involvement in tilt systems for the Advanced Passenger Train. The project began in 1978, and theoretical studies immediately showed that large improvements in suspension performance could be achieved, giving r.m.s. body accelerations of typically half those for a good passive suspension. To date the emphasis has been upon secondary suspensions, since it is controlling the transfer function of these that offers greatest benefits for ride and track forces. The project is not restricted to one particular vehicle, but involves investigating and developing suitable hardware for implementing active suspensions in general and also performing systems and application studies looking at the benefits to the railway business.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of IAVSD Symposium (International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics)
EditorsA.H. Wickens
PublisherCRC Press / Taylor Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351410816
ISBN (Print)9789026503924, 902650392X
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1982
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics Symposium: The Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and on Tracks - University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 198111 Sep 1981
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics Symposium
Abbreviated titleIAVSD1981
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


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