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Title: Advanced robust control design for high speed tilting trains
Author: Hassan, Fazilah
ISNI:       0000 0004 8501 5083
Awarding Body: University of Lincoln
Current Institution: University of Lincoln
Date of Award: 2018
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Tilting is a worldwide accepted technology concept in railway transportation. The particular benefit from tilting trains use is reduction in journey times due to speed increase on track corners (while maintaining acceptable passenger comfort), a point that facilitates improved customer service. An additional benefit is cost effectiveness due to the train running on existing rail tracks. Many countries opted to using tilting trains as means of fast public transportation (UK, USA, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Japan). The industrial norm of tilting high speed trains is that of precedence tilt whereby preview tilt enabling signals are used to provide the required information to the vehicles (it can also use a combination of track database information or GPS but the concept is the same). Precedence tilt tends to be complex (mainly due to the signal interconnections between vehicles and the advanced signal processing required for monitoring). Research studies of earlier than precedence schemes,i.e. the so-called nulling-type schemes whereby local-per-vehicle signals are used to provide tilt (a disturbance rejection-scheme although tends to suffer from inherent delays in the control feedback), are still an important research aim due to the simple nature and most importantly due to the more straightforward fault detection compared to precedence. Use of nulling-type tilt has been supported by recent studies in this context. The research presented in this thesis highly contributes to simplified single-inputsingle-output robust tilt control using the simplest rail vehicle tilt structure, i.e. an Active Anti-Roll Bar. Proposed are both robust conventional (integer-type) control approaches and non-conventional (non-integer) schemes with a rigorous investigation of the difficult to achieve deterministic/stochastic tilt trade-off. Optimization has been used extensively for the designs. A by-product of the work is the insight provided into the relevant tilting train model Non Minimum Phase characteristics and its link to uncertainty for control design. Work has been undertaken using Matlab, including proper assessment of tilt ride quality considerations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: H100 General Engineering