Railway Vehicle Modelling for the Vehicle-Track Interaction Compatibility Analysis

Joao Pombo, H. Magalhães, J. Ambrósio

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Railway vehicle homologation, with respect to running dynamics, is addressed via dedicated norms. The results required, such as, accelerations and/or wheel-rail contact forces, obtained from experimental tests or simulations, must be available. Multibody dynamics allows the modelling of railway vehicles and their representation in real operations conditions, being the realism of the multibody models greatly influenced by the modelling assumptions. In this paper, two alternative multibody models of the Light Rail Vehicle 2000 (LRV) are constructed and simulated in a realistic railway track scenarios. The vehicle-track interaction compatibility analysis consists of two stages: the use of the simplified method described in the norm “UIC 518—Testing and Approval of Railway Vehicles from the Point of View of their Dynamic Behaviour—Safety—Track Fatigue—Running Behaviour” for decision making; and, visualization inspection of the vehicle motion with respect to the track via dedicated tools for understanding the mechanisms involved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Mechanism and Machine Science - From Fundamentals to Industrial Applications
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319094106
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992


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