1st Edition

Fundamentals of Rail Vehicle Dynamics

By Alan Wickens Copyright 2003

    Fundamentals of Rail Vehicle Dynamics lays a foundation for the design of rail vehicles based on the mechanics of wheel-rail interaction as described by the equations of motion. The author advances simple models to elucidate particular challenges and demonstrate innovative systems while using analytical studies to examine novel design concepts. Rather than focusing on a "typical" set of parameters, the book discusses the issues associated with the complete range of parameters available, concentrating on the configuration and parametric design of the bogie in relation to steering, dynamic response, and stability. This is an excellent reference for designers and researchers involved vehicle development.

    Arrangement of Book, Preface, 1 Basic Concepts, 2 Equations of Motion, 3 Dynamics of the Wheelset, 4 Guidance of the Two-Axle Vehicle, 6 The Bogie Vehicle, 7 The Three-Axle Vehicle, 8 Articulated Vehicles, 9 Unsymmetric Vehicles, References, Index


    Alan Wickens