This paper summarizes the forces that develop in the contact patch between the wheel and rail in a railway vehicle. The ways that these forces govern the behaviour of a vehicle running on straight and curved track are explained and the methods commonly used to calculate and utilize the forces summarized. As an illustration, the results from a computer simulation of a typical UK passenger train are presented and certain aspects examined.
|Number of pages
|Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
|Published - 17 Oct 2003