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Symplectic analysis of vertical random vibration of coupled vehicle-track systems

Lu, F., Kennedy, David ORCID:, Williams, Frederic Ward and Lin, J. H. 2008. Symplectic analysis of vertical random vibration of coupled vehicle-track systems. Journal of Sound and Vibration 317 (1-2) , pp. 236-249. 10.1016/j.jsv.2008.03.004

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A computational model for random vibration analysis of vehicle–track systems is proposed and solutions use the pseudo excitation method (PEM) and the symplectic method. The vehicle is modelled as a mass, spring and damping system with 10 degrees of freedom (dofs) which consist of vertical and pitching motion for the vehicle body and its two bogies and vertical motion for the four wheelsets. The track is treated as an infinite Bernoulli–Euler beam connected to sleepers and hence to ballast and is regarded as a periodic structure. Linear springs couple the vehicle and the track. Hence, the coupled vehicle–track system has only 26 dofs. A fixed excitation model is used, i.e. the vehicle does not move along the track but instead the track irregularity profile moves backwards at the vehicle velocity. This irregularity is assumed to be a stationary random process. Random vibration theory is used to obtain the response power spectral densities (PSDs), by using PEM to transform this random multiexcitation problem into a deterministic harmonic excitation one and then applying symplectic solution methodology. Numerical results for an example include verification of the proposed method by comparing with finite element method (FEM) results; comparison between the present model and the traditional rigid track model and; discussion of the influences of track damping and vehicle velocity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0022-460X
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 03:56

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