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Minimization of railhead edge stresses through shape optimization

Zong, Nannan & Dhanasekar, Manicka (2013) Minimization of railhead edge stresses through shape optimization. Engineering Optimization, 45(9), pp. 1043-1060.

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Abstract

The railhead is severely stressed under the localized wheel contact patch close to the gaps in insulated rail joints. A modified railhead profile in the vicinity of the gapped joint, through a shape optimization model based on a coupled genetic algorithm and finite element method, effectively alters the contact zone and reduces the railhead edge stress concentration significantly. Two optimization methods, a grid search method and a genetic algorithm, were employed for this optimization problem. The optimal results from these two methods are discussed and, in particular, their suitability for the rail end stress minimization problem is studied. Through several numerical examples, the optimal profile is shown to be unaffected by either the magnitude or the contact position of the loaded wheel. The numerical results are validated through a large-scale experimental study.

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ID Code: 53824
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Gapped Interfaces, Railhead–wheel Contact, Shape Optimization, Genetic Algorithm, Finite Element Modelling
DOI: 10.1080/0305215X.2012.717075
ISSN: 1029-0273
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2012 12:33
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 16:01

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