Shih, Jou-Yi, Kostovasilis, Dimitrios, Bezin, Yann and Thompson, D.J. (2017) Modelling options for ballast track dynamics. In: 24th international congress on sound and vibration, 23-27th July 2017, London. (Unpublished)

Accurate modelling of railway ballasted track dynamics is an important issue for a variety of
applications such as the assessment of wheel/rail contact force and critical speed of the vehicle.
Track design and assessment against safety and stability criteria can now rely on a number of
advanced and validated dynamic models. However, there is a large range of different models that
can be used to predict ballasted track dynamics. They vary from fast and simple rigid multi-body
models as used in commercial Multibody System approach (MBS) vehicle dynamics calculations,
to more complex and expensive three-dimensional (3D) Finite Element (FE) models. This paper
investigatesthe influence of different modelling options up to 2000 Hz for characterising ballasted
track dynamics with the aim of providing guidelines for simplifying the model and summarising the advantages and limitations of each option. Five different models, a two-degrees-of-freedom (2 dof) multi-body track model, 2D FE model, 3D FE models with/without consideration of
sleeper flexibility, and a 3D FE track model with homogeneous ballast layer are used to represent
the ballasted track as a two-layer support and compared against an analytical solution. Consideration is given to the flexibility of the sleepers, inclusion of ballast density and geometry, element discretization level and FE model length. Equivalent parameters to convert input data from one model to another are summarized

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