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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 110
PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE
Edited by: J. Pombo
Paper 311

Ride Comfort Evaluation for Tramways including Non-Stationary Operational States

T. Bettinger and C. Schindler

Institute for Railway Vehicles and Transport Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
T. Bettinger, C. Schindler, "Ride Comfort Evaluation for Tramways including Non-Stationary Operational States", in J. Pombo, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 311, 2016. doi:10.4203/ccp.110.311
Keywords: ride comfort, infrastructure, operating condition, EN 12299.

Summary
The ride comfort is an important criterion for both the vehicle manufacturers and the public transportation companies. Several methods have been developed and are described in scientific publications and in national or international standards. Today EN 12299 represents the state of the art for ride comfort evaluation in railways. This standard describes methods to evaluate ride comfort during quasi-stationary situations and non-stationary events. Since most of the above described methods have been developed in the main line track sector, the applicability to trams is limited. The main goal of this work is to show these limitations through the quantitative analysis of the operational states of trams. Finally, the demands on a tram-specific comfort evaluation methodology are presented.

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