Simulation of rail roughness growth on small radius curves using a non-Hertzian and non-steady wheel–rail contact model
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2014

A time-domain model for the prediction of long-term growth of rail roughness (corrugation) on small radius curves is presented. Both low-frequency vehicle dynamics due to curving and high-frequency vehicle–track dynamics excited by short-wavelength rail irregularities are accounted for. The influence of non-Hertzian and non-steady effects in the wheel–rail contact model on rail wear is studied. The model features a contact detection method that accounts for wheelset yaw angle as well as surface irregularities and structural flexibilities of wheelset and rail. The development of corrugation on a small radius curve is found to be highly influenced by the wheel–rail friction coefficient. For vehicle speed 25 km/h and friction coefficient 0.3, predictions of long-term roughness growth on the low rail show decreasing magnitudes in the entire studied wavelength interval. For friction coefficient 0.6, roughness growth is found at several wavelengths. The corresponding calculation for the high rail contact of the trailing wheelset indicates no roughness growth independent of friction coefficient. The importance of accounting for the phase between the calculated wear and the present rail irregularity is demonstrated.

Simulation of dynamic vehicle-track interaction

Rail corrugation

Non-Hertzian and non-steady wheel-rail contact

Railway curves

Författare

Peter T Torstensson

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

Astrid Pieringer

Vibroakustik

Jens Nielsen

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

Wear

0043-1648 (ISSN)

Vol. 314 241-253

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Ämneskategorier

Tribologi

Teknisk mekanik

Styrkeområden

Transport

DOI

10.1016/j.wear.2013.11.032