On the Influence of Track Excitations, Horizontal Curvature and Longitudinal Velocity on the Ride Comfort of Trams

  • Tobias BettingerEmail author
  • Paul Schönhuber
  • Christian Schindler
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


In this study the influence of track excitations, horizontal curvature and longitudinal velocity on the ride comfort in trams is analysed using the continuous comfort method according to EN 12299. The main effect on the ride comfort in the light rail operation is the track layout. All serious values for discomfort were observed in sections with a high horizontal curvature. Track excitations increase the band width and overall magnitude of discomfort but seem to be negligible in tram operation.


Ride comfort Track excitations Horizontal curvature Longitudinal velocity Multi-body simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Bettinger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paul Schönhuber
    • 1
  • Christian Schindler
    • 1
  1. 1.RWTH Aachen, UniversityAachenGermany

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