The Influence of Track Elasticity when travelling on a Railway Turnout

Rodrigo Lagos Cereceda, Albi San Emeterio, Jordi Vinolas, A. Alonso, M. Aizpun

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In recent years, different transport systems have been largely improved. However, some problems still need to be solved if railways want to be the transport of the future. Among these are the high cost of infrastructure and its maintenance, the requirements to assure low noise levels and low transmission of vibrations in the areas close to the track and stations. Turnouts, one of the most critical elements on the track, are studied in this paper. Mathematical models were developed in order to conduct a detailed analysis of a vehicle passing through a turnout. These models were used to implement multibody models, which reproduce the phenomena involved in vehicle/turnout interaction. The research analyses the validity and accuracy of multibody tools and how they can be used to improve the design process of turnouts. In particular the influence of the turnout geometry and track elasticity has been investigated and also how these parameters could be optimized to improve vehicle movements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Railway Technology
Subtitle of host publicationResearch, Development and Maintenance
EditorsJoao Pombo
Place of PublicationCorsica
PublisherCivil-Comp Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)0948749008
ISBN (Print)9781905088591
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance - Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Duration: 8 Apr 201411 Apr 2014
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Railway Technology
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