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On the use of second-order derivatives of track irregularity for assessing vertical track geometry quality
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Rail Vehicles.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2571-4662
2012 (English)In: Vehicle System Dynamics, ISSN 0042-3114, Vol. 50, no SUPPL. 1, 389-401 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper studies the use of second-order derivatives of track irregularities (longitudinal level, LL) for assessing vertical track geometry quality. Both a single-degree-of-freedom and a three-DOF vehicle-track model are investigated in order to explain theoretically why from the aspect of vehicle-track dynamic interaction it is relevant to consider not only the amplitudes of LL but also their second-order derivatives (LL2). Simulation results are then presented to demonstrate that dynamic vertical track forces are more correlated with the second-order derivatives (LL2) than to the amplitudes (LL) themselves. A comparison of the power spectral density (PSD) spectra for typical track reveals that it is more convenient to use the PSD spectra for the second-order derivatives than for the amplitudes, as the curves for the second-order derivatives are flat within the short wavelength range. Finally, the practical use of derivatives within the maintenance management system in order to achieve improved assessment of track geometry quality is also discussed.

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2012. Vol. 50, no SUPPL. 1, 389-401 p.
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track geometry quality, second-order derivative, vehicle-track interaction
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Vehicle Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-101139DOI: 10.1080/00423114.2012.671947ISI: 000306605100024ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84864137409OAI: diva2:546518
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