Development of Rail Noise Isolating Material (RNIM)
Recently, there have been increasing requirements to control the rolling noise generated by the wheels and rails, but the conventional counter measures such as noise barriers have a big disadvantage in that their installations are very labor-intensive. Therefore, the authors have developed a new type of material, called rail noise isolating material (RNIM), which consists of two laminated layers, the inner one a foamed ethylene-—propylene rubber and the outer one vibration-damped steel. An impact test executed in a laboratory and some noise measurements executed on commercial lines have verified that RNIM is effective in reducing rolling noise.
KeywordsImpact Test Frequency Response Function Excitation Force Laminate Layer Band Analysis
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