Dynamic optimization of track components to minimize rail corrugation
Oyarzabal de Celis, Olatz
Gómez López, Josu
Santamaría Manrique, Javier
García Vadillo, Ernesto
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Journal of Sound and Vibration 319(3-5) : 904-917 (2009)
In this paper, the influence on corrugation of the most significant track parameters has been examined. After this parametric study, the optimization of the track parameters to minimize the undulatory wear growth has been achieved. Finally, the influence of the dispersion of the track and contact parameters on corrugation growth has been studied. A method has been developed to obtain an optimal solution of the track parameters which minimizes corrugation growth, thus ensuring that this solution remains optimum despite dispersion of track parameters and wheel-rail contact uncertainties. This work is based on the computer application RACING (RAil Corrugation INitiation and Growth) which has been developed by the authors to predict rail corrugation features.