RESEARCH PAPERS: Transportation Papers

A Survey of Rail Vehicle Testing for Validation of Theoretical Dynamic Analyses

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N. K. Cooperrider

Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. 85281

E. H. Law

Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. 29631

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 100(4), 238-251 (Dec 01, 1978) (14 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426375 History: Received September 18, 1978; Online July 13, 2010


This paper discusses experience in rail vehicle testing for validation of theoretical rail vehicle dynamic analyses. Laboratory and field testing are covered including shaker, roller rig, freight car rock and roll, vehicle stability, vehicle forced response, and rail vehicle curving tests. The specific vehicle and roadbed characterization requirements for validation tests are described. Some of the shortcomings of previous testing efforts are outlined and recommendations for future validation testing made.

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