Modelling of Air Springs in a Rail Vehicle

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Bayraktar M., Güçlü R., Metin M.

13th International Research/Expert Conference, Trends in the Development of Machinery and Associated Technology, TMT 2009, Nabeul, Tunisia, 16 - 21 October 2009, pp.829-832

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Nabeul
  • Country: Tunisia
  • Page Numbers: pp.829-832
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The quality of ride is predominantly controlled by the design of the secondary suspension in rail vehicles. That is why air springs are increasingly important suspension component in rail vehicles. This is necessary for higher preload, higher speed as well as improved ride dynamics and noise levels. These necessities have created an interest for modeling the air springs for the simulations of train dynamics. In this study, some kinds of air spring models such as simple spring-damper model, Nishimura, Vampire, Simpac and Gensys are explained. Then, the secondary suspension in the bogie of the rail vehicles serving in Istanbul Transportation Co. in Istanbul have been modeled as a simple springdamper model and Nishimura model. Finally, the results of these two models have been presented