Physical processes in wheel-rail contact and its implications on vehicle track interaction

Klaus Six*, Alexander Meierhofer, Gabor Müller, Peter Dietmaier

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Friction within the wheel–rail contact highly influences all aspects of vehicle–track interaction. Models describing this frictional behaviour are of high relevance, for example, for reliable predictions on drive train dynamics. It has been shown by experiments, that the friction at a certain position on rail is not describable by only one number for the coefficient of friction. Beside the contact conditions (existence of liquids, solid third bodies, etc.) the vehicle speed, normal loading and contact geometry are further influencing factors. State-of-the-art models are not able to account for this sufficiently. Thus, an Extended-Creep-Force-Model was developed taking into account effects from third body layers. This model is able to describe all considered effects. In this way, a significant improvement of the prediction quality with respect to all aspects of vehicle–track interaction is expected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-650
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production


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