Wheel-Rail Multi-Point Contact Method for Railway Turnouts
A calculation method of wheel-rail multi-point contact based on the elastic contact model is introduced. Moreover, the simulation calculation of vehicles passing through branch lines of No.18 turnouts is carried out. The result showed that the acute change of wheel-rail normal force caused by the transfers of wheel-rail contact point between two rails can be avoid by wheel-rail multi-point contact method, and the transfers of wheel-rail normal force between two rails is smoother. The validity of wheel-rail multi-point contact method is verified.
Z. W. Chen et al., "Wheel-Rail Multi-Point Contact Method for Railway Turnouts", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 97-98, pp. 378-381, 2011