On the Dynamics of a Railway Freight Wagon Wheelset with Dry Friction Damping

  • Hans True
  • Lars Trzepacz
Conference paper
Part of the Solid Mechanics and its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 122)


We consider a simple model of a wheelset that supports one end of a railway freight wagon by springs with linear characteristics and dry friction dampers. We extend our earlier results to more realistic models, so in this presentation the linear kinematic contact relation in an earlier paper [True and Asmund, 2002] is replaced by the nonlinear rail/wheel contact geometry between a UIC60 rail and an S 1002 wheel profile. In addition we add a linear restoring force to control the yaw motion and finally add the axle side bearings to limit the maximum amplitude of the yaw oscillations. Stick-slip and hysteresis are included in our model of the dry friction.

The resulting dynamics is nonperiodic and most likely chaotic. A bifurcation diagram and some interesting types of apparently chaotic motion are presented and discussed.

Key words

Chaos nonlinear dynamics railway vehicle dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans True
    • 1
  • Lars Trzepacz
    • 1
  1. 1.Informatics and Mathematical ModellingTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark

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