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Simulation of wheel-rail contact forces

Iwnicki, Simon D. (2003) Simulation of wheel-rail contact forces. Fatigue and fracture of engineering materials and structures, 26 (10). pp. 887-900. ISSN 8756-758X

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This paper summarizes the forces that develop in the contact patch between the wheel and the rail in a railway vehicle. The way that these forces govern the behaviour of a vehicle running on straight and curved track are explained and the methods commonly used to calculate and utilize the forces summarized. As an illustration, the results from a computer simulation of a UK passenger train are presented and certain aspects examined.

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