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Numerical algorithm for predicting wheel flange wear in trams – Validation in a curved track


[ 1 ] Instytut Analizy Konstrukcji, Wydział Inżynierii Lądowej i Transportu, Politechnika Poznańska | [ 2 ] Instytut Transportu, Wydział Inżynierii Lądowej i Transportu, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.7] Civil engineering and transport

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Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit

Journal year: 2020 | Journal volume: vol. 234 | Journal number: iss. 10

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scientific article

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  • tram wheel profile
  • wheel/rail interaction
  • wear prediction
  • finite element method

EN In tram operations, flange wear is predominant due to the low-radius curves and inappropriate technical conditions of the infrastructure; hence, investigations should be focused on the interaction between the wheel flange and the rail gauge corner. Moreover, the calculation methods based on the Hertzian model (elliptic contact patch) provide less accurate results due to the contact occurrence in the wheel flange region. This paper presents a methodology of a finite element method to predict the tram wheel wear in complex motions. The new procedure is based on the Abaqus software and several other sub-procedures written in Python and Fortran. Multibody simulations were used to determine the wheel–rail alignment. In this method, accuracy was chosen at the expense of the computational effort. The main steps are: preparation of models and ride scenarios, multibody simulation for calculating the wheel–rail alignment for different track scenarios and multiple runs of finite element method analysis to determine the wear magnitude. The proposed methodology presents a good agreement with the measurements and can be considered as guidelines for a proper configuration of the flange-designing experimental setup where the influence of the technical conditions of the infrastructure should be introduced adequately.

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1156 - 1169




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