An algorithm to estimate the lateral position of wheel-rail contact and corresponding rail profile radius

dc.contributor.authorVanderwees, Jared
dc.contributor.examiningcommitteeRempel, Garreth (Civil Engineering) Alfa, Attahiru S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering)en_US
dc.contributor.supervisorRegehr, Jonathan (Civil Engineering)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-12T18:46:02Z
dc.date.available2018-09-12T18:46:02Z
dc.date.issued2018en_US
dc.date.submitted2018-08-29T19:04:06Zen
dc.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Engineering (M.Eng.)en_US
dc.description.abstractThis research develops, verifies, and validates an algorithm using MATLAB® coding and measured rail profile data to estimate the lateral position of wheel-rail contact and corresponding rail profile radius. The lateral contact position and the contact radius are two rail profile performance measures developed by this research that enable more refined characterization of the rail profile and its influence on rail wear and vehicle dynamics. More broadly, the algorithm contributes to rail maintenance research and practice by developing new measures of performance based solely on commonly available rail profile data. The algorithm validation process analyzes the reasonableness of algorithm output against a series of expected results using rail profile data from selected tangent segments of a closed loop, captive fleet, North American rail transit property. The algorithm output does not significantly deviate from any of the expected results, and as a result, the algorithm is considered validated.en_US
dc.description.noteOctober 2018en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1993/33329
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsopen accessen_US
dc.subjectRail maintenanceen_US
dc.subjectAlgorithmen_US
dc.subjectWheel-rail contacten_US
dc.subjectLateral contact positionen_US
dc.subjectContact radiusen_US
dc.subjectRail profileen_US
dc.titleAn algorithm to estimate the lateral position of wheel-rail contact and corresponding rail profile radiusen_US
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
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