340 Pages 289 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    337 Pages 289 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Keep Up with Advancements in the Field of Rail Vehicle Design

    A thorough understanding of the issues that affect dynamic performance, as well as more inventive methods for controlling rail vehicle dynamics, is needed to meet the demands for safer rail vehicles with higher speed and loads. Design and Simulation of Rail Vehicles examines the field of rail vehicle design, maintenance, and modification, as well as performance issues related to these types of vehicles. This text analyzes rail vehicle design issues and dynamic responses, describes the design and features of rail vehicles, and introduces methods that address the operational conditions of this complex system.

    Progresses from Basic Concepts and Terminology to Detailed Explanations and Techniques

    Focused on both non-powered and powered rail vehicles—freight and passenger rolling stock, locomotives, and self-powered vehicles used for public transport—this book introduces the problems involved in designing and modeling all types of rail vehicles. It explores the applications of vehicle dynamics, train operations, and track infrastructure maintenance. It introduces the fundamentals of locomotive design, multibody dynamics, and longitudinal train dynamics, and discusses co-simulation techniques. It also highlights recent advances in rail vehicle design, and contains applicable standards and acceptance tests from around the world.

    • Includes multidisciplinary simulation approaches

    • Contains an understanding of rail vehicle design and simulation techniques

    • Establishes the connection between theory and many simulation examples

    • Presents simple to advanced rail vehicle design and simulation methodologies

    Design and Simulation of Rail Vehicles serves as an introductory text for graduate or senior undergraduate students, and as a reference for practicing engineers and researchers investigating performance issues related to these types of vehicles.



    Unpowered Rail Vehicle Design


    Types of Wagons

    Wagon Frames

    Suspension Elements


    Wheelsets and Bearings

    Wagon Bodies

    Brake Systems



    Acceptance Tests

    Advances in Rail Vehicle Design

    Design of Locomotives

    History of Locomotives

    Traction Rolling Stock

    Common Locomotive Components and Systems

    Locomotive Design: New Perspectives

    General Modelling Techniques

    Dynamics of Bodies

    Wheel–Rail Contact Patch

    Brake Modelling


    Introduction to FEM

    FEM of Rail Vehicle Structure

    FEM of Rail

    Rail Track, Sub-Structure and Bridge Modelling

    Pantograph Modelling

    Modelling Techniques


    Multibody Dynamics

    Introduction to Multibody Dynamics




    Rigid Body versus Flexible Body

    Multibody Dynamics Software for Rail Vehicle Dynamics


    Longitudinal Train Dynamics

    Introduction to Longitudinal Train Dynamics

    Modelling Longitudinal Train Dynamics

    Interaction of Longitudinal Train and Lateral/Vertical Wagon Dynamics

    Longitudinal Comfort

    Energy Considerations

    Train Control, Management and Driving Practices

    Design Considerations


    Rail Vehicle–Track Interaction Dynamics


    Modelling of Rail Vehicles

    Modelling of Tracks

    Modelling of Wheel–Rail Contact

    Example of a Three-Dimensional Rail Wagon–Track System Dynamics Model

    Numerical Integration Methods

    Vehicle Dynamic Performances

    Vehicle–Track Interactions

    Vehicle Acceptance Simulations


    Co-Simulation and Its Application

    Introduction to Co-Simulation Process

    Co-Simulation between Multibody Software Packages and MATLAB/Simulink

    Design of the Co-Simulation Interface


    Advanced Simulation Methodologies

    Complex Tasks and Their Solutions

    Scenario A: On-Line Simulation and Existing Pre-Calculated Data

    Scenario B: On-Line Simulation and Experimental Data

    Scenario C: Real-Time Simulation





    Maksym Spiryagin works as a chief investigator at the Centre for Railway Engineering at Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia. His current research interests are rail vehicle dynamics, locomotive traction, mechatronics, and real-time and software-enabled control systems. He received his PhD in the field of railway transport in 2004 at the East Ukrainian National University. His research focused on rail vehicle design and the development of locomotive traction, real-time models, and vehicle mechatronic systems. He has more than 80 scientific publications and is listed as one of the inventors of 20 patents.

    Colin Cole is the director of the Centre for Railway Engineering at Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia. He is also the research program leader for the Engineering and Safety Program of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Innovation. His PhD was in longitudinal train dynamics. His rail industry experience includes track maintenance, rolling stock and vehicle dynamics, simulation, and the development of on-board devices. His current research interests are train and wagon dynamics, simulation, and train control technologies. He has published 72 papers and one book chapter, and has two patents.

    Yan Quan Sun works as a senior research engineer at the Centre for Railway Engineering at Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia. His current research interests include rail vehicle dynamics, longitudinal train dynamics, rail vehicle–track interaction dynamics, and rail–track and bridge dynamics. He came to Australia in 1998 and received his PhD in the field of railway transport in 2002 at CQU. He has published more than 70 scientific and academic papers.

    Mitchell McClanachan is a mechanical engineer and has been involved in railway research projects for individual railway companies and cooperative rail research agencies at the Centre for Railway Engineering at Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia since 1995. His areas of expertise include train simulation, wagon simulation, rolling stock testing, instrumentation, data acquisition, structural fatigue, energy optimization, hybrid locomotive systems, economics, human factors, railway safety systems, and automated monitoring systems. He has published numerous research reports, consulting reports, journal articles, conference papers, patents, and short stories. Mitchell is a registered professional engineer of Queensland, a member of Engineers Australia, and a member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

    Valentyn Spiryagin received his PhD in the field of railway transport in 2004 at the Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University, Lugansk, Ukraine. He is now with the chair of railway transport at the same university. His research activities include rail vehicle dynamics, multibody simulation, and control systems. Currently, he works on rail vehicle design and dynamics, mechatronic suspension systems for locomotives, locomotive traction, and embedded software development. He has more than 60 scientific papers and 28 patents as one of the inventors.

    Tim McSweeney has over 30 years of experience in the field of railway infrastructure asset management, specializing particularly in track engineering in the heavy haul environment. He was the senior infrastructure manager overseeing the Bowen Basin export coal network for Queensland Rail from 1991 until 2001 when he joined the Centre for Railway Engineering at Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia to follow his interest in railway research. He retired in 2007, but has continued his involvement as an Adjunct Research Fellow and was awarded an honorary master of engineering degree by CQU in 2011.

    "… a specialized book… relevant to acoustical professionals when they have projects involving detailed evaluations of railway noise and vibration. … if you are involved with such a project, this is a good book to have on hand for reference."
    —Noise Control Engineering Journal, May-June 2015