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Examining longitudinal train dynamics in ore car tipplers

Train simulation has been adapted in this paper to model the behaviour of indexing operations in ore car tippler operations. An important consideration in simulations at these low speeds (less than 4 km/h) is the increased rolling resistance transitioning from stationary conditions to motion. Most formulations of rolling resistance equations do not include this range although there are empirical values in some railway standards. The indexer control utilised here has a target trapezoidal velocity profile. The indexer to train connection was modelled as a stiff linear spring, a damper and a gap element. A sensitivity analysis was completed considering variations in wagon connections including wedge static friction, preload, coupling slack and tippler slack. Track topography including downhill grades of 0.1% and 0.2% and a valley profile were also investigated. Results showed high sensitivity to draft gear parameters of static friction and preload, but minimal benefit from downhill grades and changes in coupling slack.

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Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

55

Issue

4

Start Page

534

End Page

551

Number of Pages

18

eISSN

1744-5159

ISSN

0042-3114

Publisher

Taylor & Francis, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Author Research Institute

Centre for Railway Engineering

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Vehicle System Dynamics

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