Application of a Semi-Hertzian Method to the Simulation of Vehicles in High-Speed Switches

In most railway dynamics problems, rails profiles may assume to be the same along the track. This is no longer the case as far as turnouts are concerned. Moveable frogs are turnout devices used for high speed, as they maintain a continuous running surface. The study of the dynamics of a vehicle passing on a moveable frog is addressed. The wheel-rail contact problem is solved by the semi-Hertzian method, which enables the derivation of more arbitrarily shaped contact patches than the elliptic ones supplied by the Hertzian theory. This method is briefly described. The changing rail profile is taken into account via an interpolation process function of the distance. In practice, the handling of varying rail profiles consists of adding a dimension to contact tables. Guidelines for meshing are given. A case study is conducted. The benefit of the method is demonstrated as soon as it is required to compute stresses accurately.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 341-348
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 19th Symposium of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics
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  • Accession Number: 01046830
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780415436168
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 2007 4:03PM