RTSA awards

2016 Matthew Kwong

Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award 2016

THE WINNER OF THE 2016 RAILWAY ENGINEERING STUDENT THESIS AWARD IS MR. MATTHEW KWONG


2016 Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award

Winner


Mr. Matthew Kwong

Thesis: Simulation of Railway Wheel Wear Behaviour of Driven and Passive Wheelsets Using Universal Mechanism

Place of Study: Monash University (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering)

University Supervisor: Associate Professor Wenyi Yan

 

This thesis analysed the difference in metro passenger train wheel wear between a motor car (driven wheelsets) and trailer cars (undriven wheelsets), utilising a new multibody simulation software package, Universal Mechanism.

It was found that the motor car with driven axles produced more wear volume and dissipated greater energy compared to the trailer car with undriven axles, for any track type. Moreover, there was an inverse relationship between the amount of wear damage and the increase in curve radii. The results obtained in this project give a general guidance on the wheel wear of typical metro trains and is useful for the management of wear in the railway industry.

 

Matthew Kwong receiving the 2016 Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award from Simon McKeon, Chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne, 2016.