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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2015, Article ID 586910, 14 pages
Research Article

A Coupling Vibration Test Bench and the Simulation Research of a Maglev Vehicle

1Traction Power State Key Laboratory, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
2CSR Qishuyan Locomotive Co., Ltd., Changzhou 213011, China
3College of Computer Science and Technology, Southwest University for Nationality, Chengdu 610041, China
4Maglev Transportation Engineering R&D Center, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804, China

Received 12 February 2014; Revised 2 July 2014; Accepted 2 October 2014

Academic Editor: Hamid Hosseini

Copyright © 2015 Weihua Ma et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To study the characteristics of the coupling vibration between a maglev vehicle and its track beam system and to improve the performance of the levitation system, a new type of vibration test bench was developed. Take a single maglev frame as the study object; simulation of the coupling vibration of the maglev vehicle, levitation system, and track beam were achieved. In addition, all types of real track irregularity excitations can be simulated using hydraulic actuators of the test bench. To expand the research scope, a simulation model was developed that can conduct the simulation research synergistically with the test bench. Based on a dynamics model of the test bench, the dynamics simulation method determined the influence on the levitation control performance of three factors: the track beam support stiffness, the track beam mass, and the track irregularity. The vibration resonance phenomenon of the vehicle/track system was reproduced by the dynamics simulation, and a portion of the simulation results were validated by the test results. By combining the test bench and the dynamics model, experiments can be guided by the simulation results, and the experimental results can validate the dynamics simulation results.