Sensitivity Analysis of the Critical Speed in Railway Vehicle Dynamics

Daniele Bigoni, Hans True, Allan Peter Engsig-Karup

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We present an approach to global sensitivity analysis aiming at the reduction of its computational cost without compromising the results. The method is based on sampling methods, cubature rules, High-Dimensional Model Representation and Total Sensitivity Indices. The approach has a general applicability in many engineering fields and does not require the knowledge of the particular solver of the dynamical system. This analysis can be used as part of the virtual homologation procedure and to help engineers during the design phase of complex systems. The method is applied to a half car with a two-axle Cooperrider bogie, in order to study the sensitivity of the critical speed with respect to suspension parameters. The importance of a certain suspension component is expressed by the variance in critical speed that is ascribable to it. This proves to be useful in the identification of parameters for which the exactness of their values is critically important.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Pages (from-to)272-286
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event23rd Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks (IAVSD 2013) - Southwest Jiaotong University, Qingdao, China
Duration: 19 Aug 201323 Aug 2013


Conference23rd Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks (IAVSD 2013)
LocationSouthwest Jiaotong University

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