WIT Press


Dynamic Vehicle Response Versus Virtual Transitions

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR040801

Volume

74

Pages

9

Published

2004

Size

562 kb

Author(s)

B. Kufver & J. Förstberg

Abstract

The idea of transition curves was first presented by Pressel in 1854, and first used in the construction of the Brenner Railway 1864-1867. Nowadays, the use of transition curves in horizontal curves is common practice, both between a circular curve and an adjacent straight, and between circular curves with different radii. The transition curves increase the time span for changing lateral acceleration perceived by the passengers, hence reducing lateral jerk. However, there are still curves (designed or existing) without transition curves. One of the reasons for omitting the transition curves may be that there is no change of cant between two elements with different curvature and lateral jerk is based on the assumptions of virtual transitions. The concept of virtual transition is as follows. As long as both bogies of a vehicle are on a straight track, the lateral accelerat

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