DEVELOPMENT OF A RAILROAD ROUGHNESS INDEXING AND SIMULATION PROCEDURE

To simulate rail vehicle performance on an analog computer to study shock and vibration characteristics of various rail and cargo configurations, input must be provided representing the roughness characteristic of the rail surface. Methods for measuring and simulating rail surface roughness are described which resulted in a recommendation to use a white noise generator to provide the required inputs. Measured accelerations on cargo were found to approximate the characteristics of white noise.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This abstract is also contained in "A Bibliography on the Design and Performance of Rail Track Structures", September 1974, RRIS #072794, which was prepared for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Shock and Vibration Information Center

    Naval Research Laboratory
    Washington, DC  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Pursifull, L J
    • Prothro, B E
  • Publication Date: 1969-3

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  • Accession Number: 00072829
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Pt. 6
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1976 12:00AM