Archive of Applied Mechanics

, Volume 89, Issue 7, pp 1185–1199 | Cite as

Bifurcation analysis of railway bogie with yaw damper

  • Yong Yan
  • Jing ZengEmail author
  • Caihong Huang
  • Tingting Zhang


Yaw damper, widely employed in high-speed railway vehicles, has played an important role in improving the hunting stability. This paper mainly makes a comprehensive analysis on the effect of yaw damper with its series stiffness value on the stability and bifurcation type of the railway bogie. With the prerequisite of the linear critical speed calculated by mathematical method, Center Manifold Theorem is adopted to reduce the dimension of the model to a planar dynamical system. And the symbolic expression associated with yaw damper and its series stiffness to determine bifurcation type at the critical speed is obtained by the method of Normal Form. As a result, the influence of the variation tendency of the yaw damper and series stiffness on the bifurcation type of the bogie is given qualitatively in contrast to different couples. Finally, numerical analysis of corresponding bifurcation diagrams is given to verify the accuracy of the conclusion.


Railway bogie Hunting stability Hopf bifurcation Yaw damper Series stiffness 



This work has been supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11790282), National Key R&D Program of China (2016YFB1200505) and Doctoral Innovation Fund Program of Southwest Jiaotong University (D-CX201712).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Yan
    • 1
  • Jing Zeng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Caihong Huang
    • 1
  • Tingting Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Traction PowerSouthwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China

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