Recent results in tilt control design and assessment of high-speed railway vehicles

A. C. Zolotas, R. M. Goodall, G. D. Halikias

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Active tilt control is a well-established technology in modern railway vehicles, for which currently used control approaches have evolved in an intuitive matter. This paper presents work on a set of novel strategies for achieving local tilt control, i.e. applied independently for each vehicle rather than the whole train precedence approach that is commonly used. A linearized dynamic model is developed for a modern tilting railway vehicle with a tilt mechanism (tilting bolster) providing tilt below the secondary suspension. It addresses the fundamental problems associated with straightforward feedback control, and briefly discusses the current industry norm, which employs command-driven with precedence strategy. Two new advanced schemes are proposed, a model-based estimation approach, and an optimal LQG-based approach, and compared to the command-driven with precedence. The performance of the control schemes is assessed through simulation using a new proposed assessment method. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-312
Number of pages22
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


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