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MEMS-based inertial system for railway track diagnostics


This paper presents an inertial system for railway track diagnostics. The key element of the system is a set of inertial measurement units (IMUs) based on MEMS gyros and accelerometers, which are mounted directly on the axle-boxes (bearing covers) of the wheel pairs. The system made it possible to investigate how the car-track dynamic interaction affects measurements of geometrical deformations and to determine parameters, such as defects of rail treads.

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Boronakhin, A.M., Podgornaya, L.N., Bokhman, E.D. et al. MEMS-based inertial system for railway track diagnostics. Gyroscopy Navig. 2, 261 (2011).

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  • Railway Track
  • Vertical Defect
  • Track Segment
  • Wheel Pair
  • Strapdown Inertial Measurement Unit