Experimental investigation of wheel-track interaction characteristics using test track bogie dynamics measurements

C. Ulianov, F.J. Franklin, P. Hyde, R. Shaltout

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The characteristics of the interactions between the wheel and track significantly influence a number of features of the running performance of vehicles, wheelset lifecycles and the vehicles' impact on track. Determining the characteristics of the wheel-track interactions is essential in both vehicle and track design, for the selection of vehicle and track specifications, including the wheelset specifications. The optimization of the wheel on track system is key to minimize life cycle costs, improve performance and maintain safety. Obtaining actual test data to validate and support simulations can be an expensive and time consuming exercise. The paper firstly describes a cost effective portable measuring system that was recently developed to be easily and rapidly applied to vehicles and track for testing of new and improved designs, with a lower investment than traditional dynamics measurement systems. Example measurements of bogie dynamics carried out on a full-scale test track, on different designs of equivalent bogies, under different conditions, are further presented and discussed. The proposed methodology allows fast prediction of the wheel-track interaction effects on the running gear, which would support selection decisions intended to optimize specific criteria of vehicle design, such as minimizing wheel wear and wheelset life cycle costs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 IEEE International Wheelset Congress, IWC 2016
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-9238-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-9239-6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Wheelset Congress -
Duration: 7 Nov 201610 Nov 2016


Conference18th International Wheelset Congress
Abbreviated titleIWC


  • wheel-track interaction
  • dynamics measuring system
  • bogie dynamics
  • full scale testing


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