The performance of self-steering, articulated and non-articulated trucks on high-speed passenger trains was compared to a standard conventional passenger truck. Linear, lateral stability analyses and quasilinear, steady-state curving analyses were used to evaluate criteria of a design speed of 125 mi/h (200 km/h), and wheel tread and rail head wear in curves. Based on the results of this analytical study, the self-steering articulated truck would reduce wear in curves by a factor of two. However, an improvement in the steering characteristics of conventional non-articulated trucks would reduce wear in curves by a factor of four.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Rail Transportation Division of ASME for presentation at the Joint ASME/IEEE Railroad Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 24-25, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Doyle Jr, G R
  • Publication Date: 1979-1-25

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194642
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 79-RT-3 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1979 12:00AM