Investigations on Vehicle Interaction with CWR Tracks Considering Some Aspects of Rail Support Modulus
One of the important parameters for controlling the behavior of continuous welded rail (CWR) in railway tracks is rail support modulus. Reviewing the technical literature reveals some elapsed points in this regard such as continuous or discrete supports, V-shaped rail irregularity and geometrical stiffness which can considerably affect on the vehicle-track dynamic interaction. So, the present study was allocated to numerical investigating the effects of aforementioned parameters on the vehicle-track dynamic interaction. In this matter, the finite element model of ballasted railway track in conjunction with multi-body dynamics model of vehicle was developed and they simultaneously solved numerically. This preliminary model was verified through comparison of the results with published works in this area. Consequently the model was promoted considering continuous and discrete support condition, implementing the V-shaped irregularity and geometrical stiffness. In each step, the results of the extended models were completely presented in the form track structure response.