Experimental investigation on the dynamic behaviour of a railway vehicle travelling through a turnout
by R.S. Barbosa, G.F.M. Santos
International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems (IJHVS), Vol. 16, No. 1/2, 2009

Abstract: Track critical locations with respect to the railway vehicle safety are the passages through the turnouts. The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate the safety of a railway vehicle crossing a turnout. In this study, the topography of a track turnout lay-out has been experimentally measured, and its geometric properties were synthesised. Results show that a constant wavelength vehicle oscillation occurs on the switches in the turnout and that the maximum lateral force at 65 km/h is almost 65% greater than those at low speeds (under 30 km/h).

Online publication date: Tue, 17-Mar-2009

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