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Towards A Simulation-based Framework For Evaluating Energy-efficient Solutions In Train Operation

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR140601

Volume

135

Pages

12

Page Range

721 - 732

Published

2014

Size

476 kb

Author(s)

V. de Martinis , U. Weidmann & M. Gallo

Abstract

In this paper we propose a simulation-based framework for evaluating energyefficient solutions in train operation. The general framework is composed of an optimisation system able to generate energy-efficient station-to-station speed profiles, looped with a micro-simulation tool for simulating railway traffic conditions, in order to evaluate the impacts on railway systems (delays, conflicts) and energy savings. The optimisation system is a subroutine consisting of a Genetic Algorithm for optimal speed profile parameters optimisation, a speed profile generator, and an energy consumption model. The micro simulation tool allows the evaluation of the impact of energy efficient speed profiles on rail operation. The framework operates on a database composed of 4 subsets: timetable, rolling stock characteristics, signalling system, infrastructure features; the first subset can be considered as the result of scheduling or rescheduling procedures, while the others can be assumed to be fixed. The proposed framework has been applied on a real-scale case of an Italian suburban railway system. Keywords: energy saving, speed profile, simulation.

Keywords

energy saving, speed profile, simulation.