The Motion of a Railway Wheelset on a Track or on a Roller Rig

J. P. Meijaard*

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The kinematic motion of a wheelset of a railway vehicle rolling on a pair of rails without slips is studied. The exact linearized motions for a wheelset on a tangent track and for a wheelset on a roller rig are derived. Furthermore, equations for the symmetric case for finite amplitudes are presented, which show that the wavelength of the kinematic motion depends on the amplitude. From a dynamic analysis, it is shown how the critical speed of a real wheelset with tyre slips and suspension stiffness relates to the kinematic motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-281
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia IUTAM
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • critical speed
  • kinematic motion
  • Railway wheelset
  • stability


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