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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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
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510882959
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventStephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Apr 201727 Apr 2017


ConferenceStephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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