The "Quasi-Static Lateral Train Stability Model" models a train for a force equilibrium condition. The model consists of two principal parts, the TRACK coordinate generation program and the TRAIN program. The TRACK program produces in coordinate form, the track section along which the train consist is to be simulated. The TRAIN program then models the train consist, usually at various positions on the track. The TRACK program establishes coordinates of the continuous track including tangents, spirals, curves, and combinations of them. The TRAIN program consists of a coupler "submodel" and a vehicle "submodel". The coupler submodel calculates the lateral force at the coupler pin due to drawbar forces and also computes coupler angles and alignment control moments. The vehicle submodel develops the lateral loads at the bolster centers using the lateral forces developed in the coupler submodel. Equilibrium is established if the directions of the bolster lateral loads and the bolster displacements are the same. If equilibrium is not achieved, the positions of the units are changed and same procedure repeated until an equilibrium is attained. An independent L/V ratio calculator is also available. Both TRACK and TRAIN programs have been operated on an IBM 370/158 using the level G Fortran compiler. Maximum core required for execution was 292K bytes (Train).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also User's Manual, AAR Report R-207, RRIS 02-139451.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of American Railroads Research Center

    3140 South Federal Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616

    Federal Railroad Administration

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    Railway Progress Institute

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    Transportation Development Agency Centre

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  • Authors:
    • Thomas, L R
    • MacMillan, R D
    • Martin, G C
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139452
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. R-208
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM