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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ballew, Brent Steven
URN etd-05132008-202826
Title Advanced Multibody Dynamics Modeling of the Freight Train Truck System
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sandu, Corina Committee Chair
Ahmadian, Mehdi Committee Member
Hong, Dennis W. Committee Member
Keywords
  • train cab suspension
  • unilateral contact
  • multibody dynamics
  • friction wedge
  • Bogie
  • bolster
  • side frame
  • freight train
Date of Defense 2008-04-28
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Previous work in the Railway Technology Laboratory at Virginia Tech focused on better capturing the dynamics of the friction wedge, modeled as a 3D rigid body. The current study extends that work to a half-truck model treated as an application of multibody dynamics with unilateral contact to model the friction wedge interactions with the bolster and the sideframe. The half-truck model created in MATLAB is a 3D, dynamic, multibody dynamics model comprised of four rigid bodies: a bolster, two friction wedges, and a sideframe assembly. The model allows each wedge four degrees of freedom: vertical displacement, longitudinal displacement (between the bolster and sideframe), pitch (rotation around the lateral axis), and yaw (rotation around the vertical axis). The bolster and the sideframe have only the vertical degree of freedom. The geometry of these bodies can be adjusted for various simulation scenarios. The bolster can be initialized with a pre-defined yaw (rotation around the vertical axis) and the sideframe may be initialized with a pre-defined pitch/toe (rotation around the lateral axis). The multibody dynamics half-truck model simulation results have been compared with results from NUCARSĀ®, an industry standard train modeling software, for similar inputs.

The multibody dynamics models have also been extended to a variably damped full-truck model and a variably damped half-truck warping model. These models were reformulated to react dynamically to simulated truck warp inputs. The ability to better characterize truck warping properties can prevent train roll over and derailments from truck hunting.

In a quarter-truck variably damped configuration the effects of a curved wedge surface has also been explored. Actual friction wedges have surfaces which are slightly curved, this iteration in the multibody dynamics friction wedge modeling attempts to draw one step closer to actual friction wedge geometry. This model lays the ground work for a contact dependant wedge wearing model based on material properties and tribology.

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