This unique and up-to-date work surveys the use of mechatronics in rail vehicles, notably traction, braking, communications, data sharing, and control. The results include improved safety, comfort, and fuel efficiency.
Mechatronic systems are a key element in modern rail vehicle design and operation. Starting with an overview of mechatronic theory, the book covers such topics as modeling of mechanical and electrical systems for rail vehicles, open and closed loop control systems, sensors, actuators, and microprocessors. Modern simulation techniques and examples are included throughout the book. Numerical experiments and developed models for railway application are presented and explained. Case studies are used, alongside practical examples, to ensure that the reader can apply mechatronic theory to real world conditions. These case studies include modeling of a hybrid locomotive and simplified models of railway vehicle lateral dynamics for suspension control studies.
Rail Vehicle Mechatronics provides current and in-depth content for design engineers, operations managers, systems engineers, and technical consultants working with freight, passenger, and urban transit railway systems worldwide.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Rail Vehicle Mechatronics
Chapter 2 Modeling of Mechanical Systems for Rail Vehicles
Chapter 3 Modeling of Electrical Systems for Rail Vehicles
Chapter 4 Control Systems
Chapter 5 Actuators
Chapter 6 Sensors
Chapter 7 Modeling of Complex Systems
Chapter 8 Microprocessor Computers and Electronics
Chapter 9 Communications, Networks, and Data Exchange Protocols
Chapter 10 Data Acquisition and Data Processing Techniques
Chapter 11 Mechatronic Suspensions
Chapter 12 Real-Time Systems and Simulation
Chapter 13 System Integration
Chapter 14 Practical Examples and Case Studies