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Inertance-Integrated Primary Suspension Optimisation on an Industrial Railway Vehicle Model

Authors: Timothy Lewis, Yuan Li, Gareth Tucker, Jason Zheng Jiang, Simon Neild, Malcolm C. Smith, Roger Goodall, Simon Iwnicki, Neil Dinmore

Published in: Advances in Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Improving the track friendliness of a railway vehicle is highly beneficial to the rail industry, as it substantially increases its cost effectiveness. Rail surface damage under curving conditions can be reduced by using vehicles with a reduced Primary Yaw Stiffness (PYS); however, a lower PYS often leads to a reduction in high-speed stability and can negatively impact ride comfort. Previous studies have suggested that this trade-off, between track friendliness and passenger comfort, can be successfully improved by using an inerter in the primary suspension; however, these studies used simplified two-axle vehicles and simplified contact models, and track inputs. Considering a more realistic four-axle passenger vehicle model, this paper investigates the extent to which the PYS can be reduced using inertance-integrated primary lateral suspensions without increasing Root Mean Square (RMS) lateral carbody accelerations when running over a 5 km example track (with a number of vertical, lateral and longitudinal irregularities, and gauge variations). The vehicle, with inertance-integrated primary lateral suspensions, has been modelled in \(\mathrm{VAMPIRE}^{\textregistered }\), and the vehicle dynamics are captured over a range of different velocities and wheel-rail equivalent conicities. Several inertance-integrated suspensions are optimised, leading to permissible PYS reductions of up to 47% compared to the original vehicle, whilst lateral carbody accelerations remain at acceptable levels. This level of PYS reduction would result in a potential Network Rail Variable Usage Charge saving of 26%.
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Metadata
Title
Inertance-Integrated Primary Suspension Optimisation on an Industrial Railway Vehicle Model
Authors
Timothy Lewis
Yuan Li
Gareth Tucker
Jason Zheng Jiang
Simon Neild
Malcolm C. Smith
Roger Goodall
Simon Iwnicki
Neil Dinmore
Copyright Year
2020
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38077-9_68

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