Abstract
A multibody dynamic model of railway wagon is established by Simpack software, and the derailment coefficient, wheel load reduction rate, impact angle and wear index of freight car are calculated under different gravity center offsets and different curve conditions. The simulation results show that the lateral and longitudinal offsets of cargo gravity center have a great influence on the derailment coefficient, wheel unloading rate, impact angle and wear index of the vehicle. The larger the offset of the cargo gravity center is, the worse the operation performance of the wagon is, the more serious the wheelrail wear is, and the shorter the transport life of the wagon is. The smaller the radius of the curve is, the greater the impact is.
Highlights
 The simplified static model and the multibody dynamic model of a railway freight car is established under different gravity center offsets and different curve conditions.
 The derailment coefficient, wheel load reduction rate and impact angle are calculated, the results show that the center of gravity offset has a greater impact on the performance of the wagon. The greater the offset, the worse the performance.
 The wear index is calculated, the result shows that the center of gravity offset has a greater impact on the wheelrail wear of the wagon. The greater the offset, the more serious the wheelrail wear, the shorter the transport life of the wagon.
 With the decrease of curve radius, the deviation of cargo center of gravity has a greater impact on the operation performance and wheelrail wear.
1. Introduction
With the rapid development of railway transportation, the operating environment has changed greatly, which puts forward higher requirements for vehicle operation efficiency and safety [1]. When the center of gravity of goods deviates, wheelrail contact is affected, resulting in derailment of freight cars, thus affecting transport efficiency and safety. In reference [2], a numerical model between the longitudinal offset of the cargo center of gravity and derailment coefficient was established. In reference [3], the maximum transverse and longitudinal offsets of the cargo center of gravity after reducing the vehicle load were obtained. In Reference [4], the lateral allowable offset of freight car center of gravity under different loading conditions was analyzed. In Reference [5], the influence of natural vibration characteristics on wheel wear was studied. In Reference [6], the multiangle wear evolution of the wheel was studied, and the general conditions for the polygonal wear evolution were established. In reference [7], the wheel wear of heavyduty rail wagon with different axle loads was studied based on Archard wear model.
Previous studies mainly analyzed the influence of cargo center of gravity deviation on vehicle operation safety, but there are few studies on the influence of cargo center of gravity deviation on wheelrail wear. This paper presents a heavy truck model, the influence of cargo center of gravity deviation on the operation performance and wheelrail wear is analyzed by calculating the wheel derailment coefficient, wheel unloading rate, impact angle and wear index under curve conditions.
2. Modelling
2.1. Simplified model of railway wagon
When the goods move horizontally or vertically, the position of the center of gravity of the goods on the car body changes, and the stress of the bogie will also change, which affects the vehicle operation performance and wheelrail wear.
When the center of gravity of goods shifts laterally, there exists following equations:
where ${P}_{1}$ and ${P}_{2}$ are the wheelrail vertical force, $b$ is half lateral span, $y$ is lateral offset of the center of gravity, $h$ is center of gravity height, $m$ is weight of the wheelset, $\sum F$ is the lateral force. When the center of gravity of goods shifts longitudinally, there exists following equations:
where ${P}_{f}$ and ${P}_{r}$ are the wheelset axle weights of the front and rear bogies, a is half vehicle spacing, $x$ is longitudinal offset of the center of gravity. If ${F}_{c}$ is wagon centrifugal force, $\alpha $ is the curve superelevation angle, lateral force is expressed as:
Fig. 1Forces analysis of wagon: a) distribution of cargo gravity center, b) longitudinal offset of gravity center, c) lateral offset of gravity center, d) stress analysis passing curve
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2.2. Vehicle system dynamics model
The SIMPACK software is used to establish the C80 wagon dynamics model, which consists of train body and E22 bogie. The bogie is mainly composed of bolster, side frame, wheelset, axle box device, foundation brake device, cross support device, elastic side bearing, elastic suspension device and damping device. The topology of vehicle dynamics model is shown in Fig. 2.
The system model has 68 DOF as shown in Table 1, and FASTSIM method is used to calculate the creep force, where the wheelrail friction coefficient is 0.35 and the Kalker coefficient is 1.0.
Fig. 2Topology of multibody dynamics model
Table 1Degree of freedom of vehicle dynamics model
Component  Longitudinal displacement  Lateral displacement  Vertical displacement  Roll  Pitch  Yaw 
Vehicle body  ${X}_{c}$  ${Y}_{c}$  ${Z}_{c}$  ${\varphi}_{c}$  ${\theta}_{c}$  ${\psi}_{c}$ 
Bolster ($i=$2)  –  –  ${Z}_{b}$  ${\varphi}_{b}$  –  ${\psi}_{b}$ 
Bogie ($i=$4)  ${X}_{sb}$  ${Y}_{sb}$  ${Z}_{sb}$  ${\varphi}_{sb}$  ${\theta}_{sb}$  ${\psi}_{sb}$ 
Bearing saddle ($i=$8)  –  –  –  –  ${\theta}_{g}$  – 
Wheelset ($i=$4)  ${X}_{w}$  ${Y}_{w}$  ${Z}_{w}$  ${\varphi}_{w}$  ${\theta}_{w}$  ${\psi}_{w}$ 
3. Dynamics performance index
3.1. Derailment coefficient
The ratio of the lateral force $Q$ of wheelrail to the vertical force $P$ of wheelrail at the moment of wheel running is called as derailment coefficient, and its calculation formula is as follows:
3.2. Wheel unloading rate
It is defined as ratio of wheel load reduction $\mathrm{\Delta}P$ to average wheel weight $\overline{P}$ of axle as follows:
3.3. Wear index
If ${W}_{D}$ is the wear index, ${T}_{x}$ and ${T}_{y}$ are longitudinal and transverse creep force, ${\gamma}_{x}$ and ${\gamma}_{y}$ are longitudinal and transverse creep rate, ${M}_{z}$ is spin creep torque, ${\phi}_{z}$ is spin creep coefficient, the wear index is then calculated as follow:
4. Simulation results and analysis
4.1. Simulation of line conditions
The American track spectrum is adopted to simulate the actual curve route conditions, the maximum allowable lateral offset and longitudinal offset are 0.1 m and 0.5 m respectively. The center of gravity changes between –0.25 m and 0.25 m in the transverse direction and between –3 m and 3 m in the longitudinal direction. Table 2 shows some simulation conditions.
Table 2Simulation of line conditions
Item  Radius (m)  Ultrahigh (mm)  Velocity (km/h) 
1  400  110  60 
2  500  100  60 
3  600  80  60 
4.2. Lateral offset of center of gravity
Fig. 3(a) shows the effect of lateral offset of cargo center of gravity on wheel derailment coefficient. When the center of gravity changes from 0 to –0.25 m, the derailment coefficient of the wheelset 1 and wheelset 3 decreases slowly and uniformly, and the derailment coefficient of the wheelset 1 is larger than that of the wheelset 3. When the center of gravity changes from 0 m to 0.25 m horizontally, the derailment coefficients of the wheelset 1 and wheelset 3 increase rapidly. Among them, the increase of the wheelset 1 is greater than that of the wheelset 3.
Fig. 3(b) shows the effect of lateral offset of cargo center of gravity on wheel unloading rate. When the gravity center moves horizontally from 0 to −0.25 m and 0.25 m, the wheel unloading rates of the wheelset 1 and wheelset 3 increase rapidly, and the wheel unloading rate of the wheelset 1 is gradually greater than that of the wheelset 3. When the lateral offsets are −0.25 m and 0.25 m, the wheel unloading rate has exceeded the limit of 0.65 specified in the standard. When the lateral offset is 0 m, the wheel unloading rate is the minimum.
Fig. 3a) Influence of lateral offset of cargo gravity center on derailment coefficient, b) influence of lateral offset of cargo gravity center on wheel unloading rate
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Fig. 4(a) shows the effect of lateral offset of cargo center of gravity on wheel attack angle. When the center of gravity changes from 0 m to –0.25 m, the attack angle of the wheelset 1 increases rapidly, and from 0.5 m to 0.25, the attack angle of the wheelset 1 increases slowly. The lateral offset of center of gravity has little effect on the attack angle of the wheelset 3.
Fig. 4(b) shows the effect of lateral offset of cargo center of gravity on wheelrail wear index. When the center of gravity moves along 0 m to –0.25 m and 0.25 m, the wear degree of wheelset 1 increases rapidly, and the wear degree of wheelset 3 increases slowly. Under the same lateral offset of gravity center, the wear degree of wheelset gradually decreases with the increase of the radius of the freight car passing through the curve.
Fig. 4a) Influence of lateral offset of cargo gravity center on wheel attack angle, b) influence of lateral offset of cargo gravity center on wheelrail wear index
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4.3. Longitudinal offset of center of gravity
Fig. 5(a) shows the effect of longitudinal offset of cargo gravity center on derailment coefficient. When the center of gravity changes from –3 m to 3 m along the longitudinal direction, the derailment coefficient of wheelset 1 decreases and that of wheelset 3 increases. When the center of gravity moves from 0 m to –3 m longitudinally, the derailment coefficient of wheelset 1 is greater than that of wheelset 3. When the center of gravity moves from 0 m to 3 m longitudinally, the derailment coefficient of wheelset 3 is greater than that of wheelset 1.
Fig. 5(b) shows the effect of vertical offset of cargo center of gravity on wheel unloading rate. When the center of gravity changes from 0 to –3 m, the wheel unloading rate of wheelset 1 increases rapidly, and the wheel unloading rate of wheelset 3 decreases slowly. When the center of gravity changes from 0 m to 3 m, the wheel unloading rate of wheelset 3 increases gradually, while the wheel unloading rate of wheelset 1 decreases slowly.
Fig. 6(a) shows the effect of longitudinal offset of cargo center of gravity on wheel attack angle. When the offset of center of gravity is 0.5 m, the attack angles of wheelset 1 and 3 are the same. When the center of gravity moves from 0.5 m to −3 m along the longitudinal direction, the attack angle of wheelset 1 increases and has always been greater than that of wheelset 3, so the performance of wagon passing curve decreases. When the center of gravity moves from 0.5 m to 3 m along the longitudinal direction, the attack angle of wheelset 3 increases, and the attack angle of wheelset 3 is always greater than that of wheelset 1, so the performance of wagon passing curve decreases. When the center of gravity deviates, the radius of the curve increases, and the attack angle decreases accordingly, so as to improve the passing curve performance of freight cars.
Fig. 6(b) shows the effect of longitudinal offset of cargo center of gravity on wheelrail wear. When the center of gravity moves from 0 m to 3 m longitudinally, the wheelrail wear of wheelset 1 increases. When the center of gravity moves from 0 m to –3 m longitudinally, the wheelrail wear of wheelset 3 increases. Under the same lateral offset of gravity center, the wear degree of wheelset gradually decreases with the increase of the radius of the freight car passing through the curve.
Fig. 5a) Influence of longitudinal offset of cargo gravity center on derailment coefficient, b) influence of longitudinal offset of cargo gravity center on wheel unloading rate
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Fig. 6a) Influence of longitudinal offset of cargo gravity center on wheel attack angle, b) influence of longitudinal offset of cargo gravity center on wheelrail wear index
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5. Conclusions
1) When the center of gravity is shifted laterally, the wheel unloading rate increases, and the change trend is the same under different curve conditions. The attack angle of wheelset 1 and the wheelrail wear index of wheelset 1 and 3 increase, the worse the vehicle curve operation performance is, and the wheelrail wear is serious. When the center of gravity is shifted right, the derailment coefficient of the guide wheel increases greatly.
2) When the center of gravity of the goods deviates longitudinally, the operation performance of the freight car curve decreases. When the center of gravity moves forward, the wheelrail wear of wheelset 1 increases. When the center of gravity moves backward, the wheelrail wear of wheelset 3 increases.
3) The larger the deviation of the cargo center of gravity is, the worse the operation performance of the freight car is, and the more serious the wheelrail wear is, which leads to the decrease of the safety of the freight car and the decrease of the transportation life. Therefore, the center of gravity of goods should be avoided as far as possible. If the center of gravity of goods deviates, increasing the curve radius can improve the operation performance of freight cars and reduce wheelrail wear.
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About this article
The work is supported by Sichuan Science and Technology Program (No. 2020YFH0080) and Sci. & tech. innovation project of Shenhua Railway Freight Car Trans. Co., Ltd (SHGF1377).