Application of State Estimators in Active Control of Railway Wheelsets

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


This paper presents the development of a state observer for the estimation of output torque of an electromechanical actuator in the application of active wheelset control for railway vehicles. The output from the state estimator is essential to ensure that actuator responds appropriately and deliver accurate and fast control effort as demanded to maintain the stability of wheelsets. The formulation and design of the observer is based on the use of the actuator model only, so that it reduces substantially the complexity and difficult uncertainties related to the model of a full rail vehicle. The performance and robustness assessments of the state estimator integrated active control system are carried out with the use of a full bogie vehicle model.


Active wheelset control Actuator dynamics State estimators Torque sensing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  3. 3.Tongji UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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