Wheel/Rail Vertical Forces in High-Speed Railway Operation

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R. W. Radford

Canadian National Railways, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

J. Eng. Ind 99(4), 849-858 (Nov 01, 1977) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439361 History: Received January 04, 1977; Online July 15, 2010


The nature and magnitude of the vertical forces between a railway vehicle wheel and the rail at a dipped rail joint is investigated using methods developed by British Rail. The dependence of these forces on the unsprung weight is determined and a procedure is given for the specification of new equipment to insure that the principal wheel/rail forces at higher speeds will not exceed those of a reference vehicle at conventional speeds.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
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