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Identification of system damping in railway catenary wire systems from full-scale measurements
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8237-5847
2016 (English)In: Engineering structures, ISSN 0141-0296, E-ISSN 1873-7323, Vol. 113, 71-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Damping is an important property in predicting the response of any civil or mechanical engineering structure, including railway catenary systems. Numerical models describing the pantograph-catenary interaction are dependent on a proper description of the structural damping for both systems to obtain accurate results. A proper description of the damping in different pantographs can easily be found in the literature. However, few studies have considered the damping properties in railway catenary systems even though such systems are considered to be lightly damped. The aim of this study was to identify the system damping of catenary sections by thoroughly analyse several recorded acceleration time series. These time series were sampled in several points on three different existing railway catenary systems, rendering a good description of the system damping in the frequency range of 0-20 Hz. The covariance-driven stochastic subspace identification (Cov-SSI) method was used to analyse the time series, and Rayleigh coefficients were successfully identified for all three catenary sections. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 113, 71-78 p.
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Structural damping, Railway catenary systems, Full-scale measurements, Pantograph-catenary interaction, Covariance-driven stochastic subspace identification, Rayleigh damping
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Infrastructure Engineering Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185968DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.01.031ISI: 000373409900006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84957026910OAI: diva2:926865

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Available from: 2016-05-10 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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