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The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle

Stow, Julian, Cooney, Neil, Goodall, Roger M. and Sellick, Rebeka (2017) The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle. In: The Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways, 25th-27th April 2017, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Whilst conventional, rigid axle railway wheelsets are inherently simple, reliable and relatively inexpensive, they have well known limitations with regard to the competing requirements of steering and stability. A wide range of mechanical and mechatronic solutions have been proposed to overcome these limitations and to allow near-radial steering in sharp curves. This paper discusses some considerations in the design and development of wheelmotor active steering technology for light rail vehicles (LRVs), where each wheel incorporates a traction motor which can be driven independently of the other. This arrangement is considered to have some advantages over similar mechatronic approaches which use actuators in the primary longitudinal / yaw suspension.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: railways, light rail, independently rotating wheels, wheelmotors, novel suspension, mechatronic bogie, active steering and guidance
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > Institute of Railway Research
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Depositing User: Julian Stow
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 19:00


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