Indirect Method of Rail Roughness Measurement – VUKV Implementation and Initial Results

  • L. PhamováEmail author
  • P. Bauer
  • J. Malinský
  • M. Richter
Conference paper
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 126)


The paper deals with one of the indirect methods of rail roughness measurement – the axle-box acceleration measurement. This method has been developed by British Rail Research in the 1980s [1]. VUKV is adapting this method to the VUKV test car and to Czech railway conditions. First of all, the influence of out-of-roundness of the axle bearing on the axle-box acceleration was examined. After that, acceleration measurements were performed on different types of tracks. The acceleration was converted to deflection and compared with the direct measurement of acoustic roughness.


Acceleration Sensor Train Speed Acceleration Measurement Test Ring Slab Track 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Phamová
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. Bauer
    • 1
  • J. Malinský
    • 1
  • M. Richter
    • 1
  1. 1.VÚKV a.s.PragueCzech Republic

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