DLR RailwayDynamics LIBRARY

The commercial DLR RailwayDynamics Library is intended to support the design, optimization and control development as well as hardware- and software-in-the-loop testing of railway vehicles mainly on the system level. To this aim, it provides the capability to consider vehicle dynamics issues such as traction, comfort and safety in multi-domain engineering tasks by preparation of vehicle, track,  wheel-rail contact models and roller rig scenarios on different levels of detail. The beta-release of the library is available for interested parties since November 2018, the first full version is scheduled for April 2019.


  • The track is an arbitrary 3D curve r=r(s) parametrized by the track length parameter s and visualized as a red band in animations.
  • The track irregularities specify local deviations or disturbances of the idealized curve r=r(s).
  • The track joint is a degree of freedom that presents the capability to move along r=r(s).

  • The specific wheelset model reproduces inertia properties and considers five degrees of freedom in addition to the longitudinal motion already covered by an attached track joint.
  • The track panel presents two rail stubs and one sleeper that are assumed to move along the track with the associated wheelset and may also be used to take the flexibility of the rail road into account.

  • Several alternative models consider a one-point rolling contact between wheel and rail or wheel and roller, respectively.
  • The contact refers to an arbitrary wheel and rail profile geometry, which might be user defined as well.
  • As regards the tangential direction, a linear and a non-linear contact is predefined, but may also be replaced by a user defined model.

  • The library offers a template to substructure vehicle models in the railroad base, which is an aggregation of track panels and track joints, the running gears with several wheelsets, bogies and suspensions and the carbody

  • The Vertical subpackage contains specific models tailored for comfort analysis in early design phases
  • the models in the Longitudinal subpackage are streamlined for studies on the traction behavior
  • the Crosswind subpackage is dedicated to simplified crosswind assessment as proposed by the associated standard
  • To a large extent, detailed 3D- and simplified specific purpose models are compatible and may be used together in one scenario in order to balance accuracy and computational effort.