A case study of wear-type rail corrugation prediction and control using speed variation

Meehan, P. A., Bellette, P. A., Batten, R. D., Daniel, W. J. T. and Horwood, R. J. (2009) A case study of wear-type rail corrugation prediction and control using speed variation. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 325 1-2: 85-105. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2009.02.046

Author Meehan, P. A.
Bellette, P. A.
Batten, R. D.
Daniel, W. J. T.
Horwood, R. J.
Title A case study of wear-type rail corrugation prediction and control using speed variation
Journal name Journal of Sound and Vibration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-460X
Publication date 2009-08-07
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsv.2009.02.046
Volume 325
Issue 1-2
Start page 85
End page 105
Total pages 21
Editor C. L. Morfey
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
091304 Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control
880102 Rail Infrastructure and Networks
Abstract The transportation noise phenomenon known as wear-type rail corrugation is a significant problem in railway engineering, that manifests as an undesirable periodic wear pattern on the contact surface of rails. Rail corrugations induce unwanted vibrations, noise and damage to vehicle and track systems. Currently the only reliable solution to corrugation is removal by grinding at significant expense to the railway operator. Recent research by the current authors has theoretically shown that uniformity in train pass speeds over a site enhances corrugation growth rate and that broadening the probabilistic pass speed distribution may be a possible method of mitigating corrugation growth. To further test these results and to quantify the expected performance, in this paper, field measured data from a site with recurrent corrugation is used to tune and validate both efficient analytical and more complex numerical corrugation growth models. In doing so, previously developed analytical predictions for growth rate under varying speed conditions are generalised to both tangent track and cornering conditions. Validation and comparison with more complex benchmarked numerical models and field measurements is therefore achieved. The effect of changing the field measured pass speed distribution is then investigated and results quantifying the expected reduction in corrugation growth rate lire presented. compared and discussed. Possible undesirable side-effects of implementing such a corrugation control strategy are also investigated.
Keyword Short pitch corrugation
Linear model
Curved track
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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