QUASI-STATIC LATERAL TRAIN STABILITY MODEL. USER'S MANUAL

The computer program simulates a train section (which could represent an entire train) of up to 100 vehicles on a given track in either buff or draft condition. The model calculates lateral forces at the bolster centers and coupler pins, coupler angles, moments due to alignment control, bolster displacements, centrifugal and superelevation forces, and L/V ratios for both wheel climb and rail rollover. A quasi-static equilibrium position is attained when the bolster displacement and the lateral force are in the same direction. The consist is moved along the track and examined at intervals determined by the speed and time step specified by the user. The track length is limited to 2500 feet. The major application of the program is to investigate the influence of track geometry, vehicle parameters and buff (or draft) loading on the behavior of a train consist.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Programming Manual, AAR Report R-208, RRIS 02 139452.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of American Railroads Research Center

    3140 South Federal Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60616

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Railway Progress Institute

    801 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, VA  USA  22314

    Transportation Development Agency Centre

    800 rene-Leveque Boulevard West, Suite 600
    Montreal, Quebec H3B 1X9,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Thomas, L R
    • MacMillan, R D
    • Martin, G C
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 79 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139451
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. R-207
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM