More and more kinematic and structural modeling is needed in order to support mechatronics system architecture and design validation. The use of simulation tools supporting this activity is imposing itself because of complexity. The subject of this thesis is to provide in an overview on the existing mechanical modeling tools and methods and implement an initial simulation, modeling the movement of a train vehicle on a modeled rail track.
Such modeling and simulation will bring insight w.r.t. the effect that certain defects have on the vibration signature of the train bogie parts :
Vibration induced by wheel roundness issues
Vibration induced by track problems
Torsion induced by track inparallelism
The results of the simulations are of high importance in mechatronics validation engineering since such defects are hard to introduce during test cycles because of cost, safety and complexty.
The master study could follow the following approach :
Study on the different modeling techniques
Evaluating the available tools and their possibilities (Matlab, Modelica, ...)