A linear model of the vertical dynamics of a railcar was validated by the application of spectral techniques to experimental data. Track input spectra were computed from test track surface measurements gathered in the TDOP test program. Acceleration measurements of a freight car were used to compute vehicle acceleration spectra in response to the test track. The corresponding response of the linear model was computed from the analytical transfer functions and experimental track input spectra. Validation of the linear model was based upon a comparison of corresponding analytical and experimental vehicle acceleration spectra. The truck suspension was isolated and analyzed from experimental measurements of corresponding truck and car body accelerations. Spectral functions were employed to evaluate the assumptions of suspension linearity.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Association of American Railroads Research Center, Chicago, Illinois for U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Arizona State University, Tempe

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Tempe, AZ  United States  85281

    Clemson University

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Clemson, SC  United States  29631
  • Authors:
    • Fallon, W J
    • Cooperrider, N K
    • Law, E H
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 105 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-FRA-ORD&D-78/19 Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM