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A Comparison of Alternative Creep Force Models for Rail Vehicle Dynamic Analysis

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... running speed m/s a 0 , a 1 , a 2, a 3 coefficients of the wheel rolling radius polynomial / c 0 , c 1 , c 2 , c 3 coefficients of the contact angle polynomial / e 0 , e 1 , e 2 , e 3 coefficients of the wheel lateral radius polynomial / ξ xl,r , ξ yl,r , ξ sl,r Longitudinal, lateral, and spin creepage / C 11 , C 22 ...
... The models used for rail vehicle bifurcation analysis vary a lot due to the analysis target. Among them, there are single wheelset models with 2 degrees of freedom (DOFs) [6][7][8]12,[15][16][17], rigid-steering bogie model with 2 DOFs [10,18], soft-steering bogie model with 6 DOFs [19], 10 DOFs bogie model [20], half-car model with 11 DOFs [21], half-car model with 17 DOFs [22], and simplified vehicle model with 17 DOFs [23,24]. While a 17 DOFs vehicle model usually decreases the computational efficiency and requires more work to reveal the mechanism of hunting motion. ...
... The creep forces are frictional, and the resultant force shall not exceed μN (μ represents the friction coefficient). Then the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins (S.H.E) model is used to consider the saturation of creep forces, and a modification coefficient α i is defined as [22], ...
... The normal contact force is generally described by the nonlinear Hertz contact theory. 22,23 The mathematical description of tangential creep force is more complex. Kalker 22 described the relationship between creepage and wheel-rail creep force during wheelrail rolling contact under low creepage conditions, and gave a specific numerical solution of creep. ...
... Kalker 22 described the relationship between creepage and wheel-rail creep force during wheelrail rolling contact under low creepage conditions, and gave a specific numerical solution of creep. Shen et al. 23 gave a nonlinear approximation of creep saturation. ...
... Kalker 22 described the relationship between wheelrail creep force and creepage in rolling contact at low creepage, and proposed a detailed method for numerical solution of creep force. Shen et al. 23 gave the following nonlinear approximate calculation formula of creep force saturation: ...
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Polygonalization of the wheel describes the growth of out-of-round profiles of the wheels of railway vehicle. This problem was identified in the 1980s but its mechanism is still not well understood. The wheel-rail disturbance formed by wheel polygonalization will accelerate the fatigue fracture of the key parts of rail vehicles and seriously threaten the safety of rail vehicle. This fact has led to significant efforts in detecting and diagnosing wheel polygonalization, in particular in setting the criteria for health monitoring. Currently, the time-domain feature parameters extraction method based on data statistics and frequency-domain feature parameters extraction method based on spectrum estimation are widely applied to detect wheel polygonalization. However, the basis of spectral estimation is the Fourier transform, which is not good at dealing with non-linear vibration systems (such as vehicle-track coupled system). Aiming at the wheel polygonalization problem existing in high-speed train, the non-linear extent of vibration response of vehicle system caused by wheel polygonalization is analyzed based on vehicle-track coupled dynamics and adaptive data analysis method. A typical high-speed train model is established according to the vehicle-track coupled dynamics theory. The wheel polygonalization model is introduced and vehicle system vibration response is calculated by numerical integration. The vibration response signal is decomposed by empirical mode decomposition (EMD) to produce the intrinsic mode functions (IMFs). By calculating the intra-wave frequency modulation of IMFs, that is, the difference between instantaneous and mean frequencies and amplitudes, the non-linearity of the dynamic response is quantified. Influences of wheel polygonalization on the non-linearity of steady-state and unsteady vibration responses of vehicle system are analyzed in detail. An objective criterion for wheel polygonalization health monitoring based on Degree of Non-linearity is proposed, which provides an effective tool for prognostics and health management of trains.
... The F ASTSIM algorithm is discussed in Appendix C. Alternatively, if the spin effect is small, the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins formula [38] is an appropriate analytical model for cases with creepages and small spin. This is described in Appendix A. In Figure 2-7, using the parameters in Table C-l, it is shown that their results are quite consistent at small spin Y6 = 0.076 m-1 (wheel/rail contact angle is 2' and wheel rolling radius is 0.46 m), but very different at large spin Y6 = 1.7 m-1 (wheel/rail contact angle is 45' ...
... If the spin is large, the friction is also non-linear. For vehicle dynamic analysis on straight track, the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins formula [38] is an appropriate creep-force model. This is analytical and includes the effects of small spin but is not accurate enough for the case with large spin. ...
... If the creepages are in the saturated zone but no spin is involved, the non-linear V-J formula, as given in Eq.(A.3), can be adopted. Alternatively, if the spin exists but its value is small, as applies for the general case of wheel and rail contacting on the tread, the formulation developed by Shen, Hedrick and Elkins[38] can be applied. The Shen-Hedrick-Elkins formula is improved from the V -J formula by including the spin effect. ...
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p> Railway curve squeal is an environmental noise problem occurring occasionally when a vehicle is negotiating a sharp curve. A theoretical study is carried out to develop a complete model, which can predict curve squeal and may provide useful approaches to control it. The curve squeal results from a kind of self-excited vibration existing in the wheel/rail contact system, mainly due to the falling friction coefficient when sliding occurs between the wheel and rail surfaces. The central work of this thesis is to build a self-excited feedback loop model, representing relations between the wheel/rail motions and the contact forces. The stability analysis of this loop can predict the possibility of squeal, while the time-domain integration of the loop can provide the intensity of squeal. A twin-disc rig, with a wheel disc rolling on a rail disc, was used to investigate the squeal phenomenon and validate the wheel/rail squeal model. With this rig, the lateral forces acting on the discs due to varying amounts of lateral creepage can be measured in a controlled environment, as well as the acoustic and vibration responses of the discs. According to the experimental results, the falling friction in sliding is closely related to the self-excited vibration and hence the occurrence of squeal. The curve squeal prediction is applied for all four wheel/rail contacts in a bogie. The results show that squeal is prone to occur at the leading wheels of a bogie, mainly due to the large lateral steady-state creepage. The leading outer wheel in flange contact has less possibility for squeal than the leading inner one. The trailing wheels are unlikely to squeal. Both a wheel damping treatment and friction modification can be used to control the squeal, but will not always be effective. </p
... Wheel-rail contact is usually regarded as the contact between two quasi-identical bodies [4], which can be separated into the normal contact problem and the tangential contact problem. Hertzian theory [4,5] and the Hertzian-based tangential contact models [6][7][8][9][10] are adopted in traditional railway vehicle dynamics simulation [11,10]. These tangential contact models include the FASTSIM model [6], the FaStrip model [7,8], the Polach model [9], and the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins model [10]. ...
... Wheel-rail contact is usually regarded as the contact between two quasi-identical bodies [4], which can be separated into the normal contact problem and the tangential contact problem. Hertzian theory [4,5] and the Hertzian-based tangential contact models [6][7][8][9][10] are adopted in traditional railway vehicle dynamics simulation [11,10]. These tangential contact models include the FASTSIM model [6], the FaStrip model [7,8], the Polach model [9], and the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins model [10]. ...
... Hertzian theory [4,5] and the Hertzian-based tangential contact models [6][7][8][9][10] are adopted in traditional railway vehicle dynamics simulation [11,10]. These tangential contact models include the FASTSIM model [6], the FaStrip model [7,8], the Polach model [9], and the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins model [10]. However, since the wheel and rail profiles are composed of several curves with different radii, the wheel-rail contact is essentially a non-Hertzian contact problem. ...
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... Both FASTSIM and FaStrip are iterative algorithms that 22 require a discretisation of the contact ellipse into rectangular elements, and express the tangent forces by integrating the tangential shears over the discretised contact area. As opposed to this, fast analytical methods such as the Vermeulen-Johnson model [60], the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins model [61] and Polach's model [62] use formulas giving the tangent forces directly as a function of the unsaturated shears. Approaches such as the Book of Tables by Kalker (USETAB) [63] use detailed methods like Kalker's complete theory [21] to develop lookup tables that are used in vehicle dynamics simulations. ...
... Broadly, two approaches may be used to extend FASTSIM type algorithms to non-elliptical contact cases [74]. The first approach consists of regularising the non-Hertzian contact patch to a single equivalent ellipse and using the global creepages to determine the creep forces using one of the various Hertzian approaches [55,60,61,62]. While this approach works well in dynamic studies, it cannot be used to study the contact stresses. ...
... Several heuristic solutions for the creep forces have been presented in the literature. In the following sections, two of these heuristic approaches, namely the one by Shen et al. [61] and Polach's model [62], are outlined briefly. ...
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... In addition to the normal force, the creep force of wheel and rail is frequently calculated according to the following formula and corrected by Shen-Hedrick-Elkins method (Shen et al. 2007). ...
... where f ij is the creep coefficient, T x , T y and M z are the transverse creep force, vertical creep force and rotational creep moment respectively, x , y , and sp are the creep rate in the corresponding direction, the parameter values can also be found in the reference (Shen et al. 2007). ...
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... The wheel-rail spatial interactions are formulated based on the nonlinear Hertz contact theory in the normal plane [43], and formulated by Kalker linear rolling contact theory [44] and Shen-Hedrick-Elkins non-linear model [45] in the tangential plane. The wheel-rail interaction forces and torques appearing in Eqs. ...
... where f 11 , f 22 , f 23 and f 33 are the creep coefficients, ξ x , ξ y and ξ sp are the longitudinal, lateral and spin creepages, respectively; F N is wheel-rail normal force; G is wheel-rail contact constant; δZ wr is wheel-rail vertical relative displacement; δ is wheel-rail contact angle; F Cx , F Cy and M Cz are respectively the longitudinal, lateral wheel-rail creep forces and spin creep torque defined in the contact point coordinate system; F mCx , F mCy and M mCz are the corresponding modified wheel-rail creep forces and spin creep torque; ε is the revision coefficient according to Shen-Hedrick-Elkins nonlinear creep model [45]; T ca represents the transform matrix from the wheel-rail contact point coordinate system to the curve coordinate system, given by ...
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... The simplified theory behind FASTSIM is based on the computation of the coefficients c ij with the help of Kalker's exact linear theory, which are derived from the initial slope of the tangent forces applied on an elliptical contact patch for small creepage values. Other fast methods such as the Vermeulen-Johnson model [3], the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins model [4], the Book of Tables by Kalker (USETAB) [5], Polach's model [6], and the method FaStrip [7] may also be used. The main drawback for all of the above cited methods is that they remain restricted to elliptical contact patches, although FaStrip has been extended to non-Hertzian patches [8]. ...
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... The wheel-rail normal force was calculated by using the Hertz contact theory (Xia, Zhang, & Guo, 2018). The creep force was calculated by the Kalker linear creep force model (Kalker, 1967), and the Shen-Hedrick-Euristic (Shen, Hedrick, & Elkins, 1983) nonlinear creep model was used for correction. ...
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... With consideration of the nonlinear creep force-creepage relationship by Shen-Hedrick-Elkins theory [48], the creep coefficients will be modified. ...
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... In the model, the tangential contact forces are evaluated using the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins model, 30 which can be found in. 23,28 Flexible brake disc and wheelset model ...
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... In the lateral direction, the Kalker creep theory (Shen, Hedrick, & Elkins, 1983), characterising the relation of relative motion and corresponding horizontal force between wheel and rail, is adopted to determine the interactions. It is worthwhile noting that the coupling effects of the sway and yawing movements of the wheel-set are ignored. ...
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... [53,54], but may be avoided using fast approximations. Various approximate formulas are used to assess the creep forces instead, e.g. by Vermeulen and Johnson [55], Shen et al. [56], Polach [57], or using FAST-SIM [40,58], or table-based approaches [59], as compared in [60]. A recent addition is the KBTNH approach, using a table for asymmetric contact patches [61,62]. ...
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... In the present work, the Kalker linear theory [34][35][36][37], Heuristic method [40], and Polach formulation [41] are implemented. For each contact patch, the tangential forces can be calculated depending on the creepages, radius of the elliptical contact patch, and material properties of the two contact bodies. ...
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... Adopting saturated nonlinear creep theory [17], the wheel-rail creep forces are modified asC ...
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... Then the normal forces and creep forces of the wheel-rail interaction can be calculated. The normal wheel-rail contact forces are calculated using the Hertzian nonlinear contact theory [25], and creep forces are calculated using the Shen-Hedrick-Elkins' model [29]. ...
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... The wheel-rail normal force F N wr (t) was calculated using the Hertz nonlinear contact theory [31]. The friction in the tangent direction F T wr (t) was calculated using the Shen-Hedrick formula [32]. The trace curve method [33] was used to find the contact point between wheel and rail. ...
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