The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle

J. Stow, N. Cooney, R. Sellick, R. M. Goodall

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Abstract

Whilst conventional, rigid axle railway wheelsets are inherently simple, reliable and relatively inexpensive, they have well known limitations with regard to the competing requirements of steering and stability. A wide range of mechanical and mechatronic solutions have been proposed to overcome these limitations and to allow near-radial steering in sharp curves. This paper discusses some considerations in the design and development of wheelmotor active steering technology for light rail vehicles (LRVs), where each wheel incorporates a traction motor which can be driven independently of the other. This arrangement is considered to have some advantages over similar mechatronic approaches which use actuators in the primary longitudinal / yaw suspension.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstitution of Mechanical Engineers - Stephenson Conference
Subtitle of host publicationResearch for Railways 2017
PublisherInstitution of Mechanical Engineers
Pages455-462
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510882959
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventStephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017 - London, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 201727 Apr 2017

Conference

ConferenceStephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017
CountryUnited States
CityLondon
Period25/04/1727/04/17

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Rails
Mechatronics
Traction motors
Axles
Wheels
Actuators

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Stow, J., Cooney, N., Sellick, R., & Goodall, R. M. (2017). The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle. In Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017 (pp. 455-462). Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Stow, J. ; Cooney, N. ; Sellick, R. ; Goodall, R. M. / The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle. Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2017. pp. 455-462
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Stow, J, Cooney, N, Sellick, R & Goodall, RM 2017, The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle. in Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, pp. 455-462, Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017, London, United States, 25/04/17.

The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle. / Stow, J.; Cooney, N.; Sellick, R.; Goodall, R. M.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2017. p. 455-462.

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Stow J, Cooney N, Sellick R, Goodall RM. The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle. In Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017. Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 2017. p. 455-462