Correct geometric layout of railway routes for speeds between 120 and 200 km/h and speeds beyond 200 km/h calls for exact determination of the motion characteristics (speed, acceleration and "h" vectors, etc.). In high-speed train running there is a change in the significance of the individual vectors governing motion and in addition to speed and acceleration the higher-order kinematic characteristics ("h" vectors, etc.) become determinative for the rail-curve geometry. Employing the differential-geometric method, the author describes the determination of the higher-order vectors by way of vector analysis. This is a new and hitherto unused method for the geometric layout of high-speed rail routes. Bearing in mind the determination of the motion characteristics, it can be seen that using higher-order kinematic vectors as scalar quantities is a very coarse approximation. The need to employ the method described here is all the more apparent if one does not assume a constant speed, but takes into account the actual speed conditions. It can therefore be seen that the correct geometric layout of high-speed rail routes calls for the vectoral determination of the actual motion characteristics, as described in this article.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hestra Verlag

    Holzhofallee 33, Postfach 4244
    6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Megyeri, J
  • Publication Date: 1978-11


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00190358
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM