Acta Mechanica

, Volume 226, Issue 8, pp 2473–2495 | Cite as

Modeling of dynamic train–bridge interaction in high-speed railways

  • Patrick Salcher
  • Christoph AdamEmail author


For analyzing the dynamic interaction problem of a train passing a railway bridge with high speed, a substructure approach is presented taking into account the influence of rail irregularities. Modal analysis provides a description of the finite element bridge model in modal space with a small number of degrees of freedom. The train is modeled as a sequence of multibody mass–spring–damper systems. A linear interaction model in the context of a component mode synthesis method is used for coupling the two substructures. In a numerical example, the dynamic response of a single-span steel bridge subjected to a high-speed train is analyzed showing the efficiency of the proposed approach. The results of this example demonstrate the importance of considering rail irregularities for a reliable prediction of the acceleration response.


Railway Bridge Deck Plate Main Girder Component Mode Synthesis Bridge Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unit of Applied MechanicsUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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