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Real-time modeling of wheel-rail contact laws with system-on-chip

Zhou, Y, Mei, TX and Freear, S 2010, 'Real-time modeling of wheel-rail contact laws with system-on-chip' , IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 21 (5) , pp. 672-684.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the development and implementation of a multiprocessor system-on-chip solution for fast and real-time simulations of complex and nonlinear wheel-rail contact mechanics. There are two main significances in this paper. First, the wheel-rail contact laws (including Hertz and Fastsim algorithms), which are widely used in the study of railway vehicle dynamics, are restructured for improved suitability that can take advantage of the rapid developing multiprocessor technology. Second, the complex algorithms for the contact laws are successfully implemented on a medium-sized Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) device using six NiosII processors, where the executions of the Hertz and Fastsim parts are pipelined to achieve further enhancement in multiple contacts and the operation scheduling is optimized. In the Fastsim part, the floating point units with buffering mechanism are efficiently shared by five processors connected in a token ring topology. The FPGA design shows good flexibility in utilizing logic element and on-chip memory resource on the device and scalability for a significant speed up on a larger device in future work.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > CASE Control & Systems Engineering Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
    Publisher: IEEE
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1045-9219
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 11:47
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:19
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19259

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