Dynamic train-track interaction at high vehicle speeds ¿ modelling of wheelset dynamics and wheel rotation

Autores UPV
Revista Journal of Sound and Vibration


Vertical dynamic traintrack interaction at high vehicle speeds is investigated in a frequency range from about 20 Hz to 2.5 kHz. The inertial effects due to wheel rotation are accounted for in the vehicle model by implementing a structural dynamics model of a rotating wheelset. Calculated wheelrail contact forces using the flexible, rotating wheelset model are compared with contact forces based on rigid, non-rotating models. For a validation of the traintrack interaction model, calculated contact forces are compared with contact forces measured using an instrumented wheelset. When the system is excited at a frequency where two different wheelset mode shapes, due to the wheel rotation, have coinciding resonance frequencies, significant differences are found in the contact forces calculated with the rotating and non-rotating wheelset models. Further, the use of a flexible, rotating wheelset model is recommended for load cases leading to large magnitude contact force components in the high-frequency range (above 1.5 kHz). In particular, the influence of the radial wheel eigenmodes with two or three nodal diameters is significant. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.