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Using theoretical models to design low-noise wheels and track

Thompson, D.J. and Jones, C.J.C. (2000) Using theoretical models to design low-noise wheels and track In, Sustainability and Environmental Concerns in Transportation. 79th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board London, Transportation Research Board pp. 51-56. (Transportation Research Board: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1702).

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The main source of railway noise is the rolling of the steel wheel on the steel rail. Theoretical models of the phenomenon have been under development since the 1970s, culminating in the Track-Wheel Interaction Noise Software (TWINS). Using the TWINS model, it is possible to evaluate the rolling-noise behavior of different wheel and track designs and thereby derive new designs that are inherently quieter. An overview is given of the mechanisms involved in noise generation and the parameters that have the most influence on the noise are identified. It is usually important to reduce the noise from both the wheel and the track. Some examples are given of techniques that are being developed using the model with the aim of reducing the noise at the source.

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Published date: 2000
Venue - Dates: 79th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, 2000-01-12 - 2000-01-12


Local EPrints ID: 9951
ISBN: 0309066794
PURE UUID: b3f2989b-0a4f-4304-b46e-c22fa2d6af26

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Date deposited: 15 Nov 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:08

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Author: D.J. Thompson
Author: C.J.C. Jones

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