The lateral hunting motion of a vehicle running on tracks is not only prejudicial to riding comfort, but may also cause dangerous derailment. The initial step in the design of a safe high-speed train is a theoretical and experimental investigation of this lateral hunting motion and a practical method of preventing it. The usual railroad train may be idealized as a system consisting of a number of cars connected end to end like links of a chain. The transfer-matrix technique purports to be applicable to such a system, whereby once the transfer matrices of each component (car) are derived, it is only necessary to perform successive matrix multiplications to fit the entire system. It is demonstrated that the transfer matrix method may be applied successfully in a study of lateral hunting motion. The stability problem associated with this motion, and forced vibrations caused by irregularities and lateral distortions in the rails may also be investigated by the use of the transfer-matrix technique. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Engineering Projects Laboratory
    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • IGUCHI, M
  • Publication Date: 1966-11-1

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  • Pagination: 27 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00039011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DSR-76109-5
  • Contract Numbers: C-85-65t
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1976 12:00AM