Monte Carlo train derailment model for risk assessment Online publication date: Mon, 03-Nov-2008
by Weidong Ruan, Zongli Lin, Ted C. Giras
International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC), Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008
Abstract: A Monte Carlo train over-speed derailment model for risk assessment is developed based on the derailment coefficient (wheel lateral and vertical force ratio). The model considers a one lump train negotiating on curved tracks or tangent tracks. The derailment coefficients for these two situations are calculated and the probabilities of train derailment are obtained to enhance a large scale Monte Carlo railroad risk assessment simulator called the axiomatic safety critical assessment process (ASCAP). A genetic algorithm based approach is taken to performing the validation of this Monte Carlo train derailment model. From the perspective of railroad risk assessment, the model is analysed and compared with an empirical formula, which is currently used in ASCAP. The Monte Carlo train over-speed derailment model will replace the current empirical formula in ASCAP simulator and will be able to provide a more realistic determination of the probability of train derailment.
Online publication date: Mon, 03-Nov-2008
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