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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 108
Edited by: J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 198

Analysis of the Wheelset and Turnout Crossing Interaction by Multibody and Finite Element Simulation

L. Xin1, C. Wan1, V.L. Markine1 and I.Y. Shevtsov2

1Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2Prorail, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
L. Xin, C. Wan, V.L. Markine, I.Y. Shevtsov, "Analysis of the Wheelset and Turnout Crossing Interaction by Multibody and Finite Element Simulation", in J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 198, 2015. doi:10.4203/ccp.108.198
Keywords: railway crossing, dynamic simulation, multibody system model, finite element, modelling.

In this paper the interaction between the wheelset and railway turnout crossing is performed using a multi-body system dynamic simulation and a finite element simulation. The 1:15 turnout crossing which is based on the drawing from the manufacturer is used in the multi-body system model. The profiles of the wing rail and crossing are used as input into the finite element model to create three-dimensional crossing geometry. In the finite element simulation the dynamic response of a whole wheelset while passing a crossing is obtained. By quantities such as wheelset displacements and contact forces in the rails, the dynamic responses of both models are compared and validated to ensure that with the reference conditions the results from both models are comparable. The collaboration provides more possibilities for further simulation of the wheel/crossing interaction such as variation of the initial conditions.

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