WIT Press


Driving Techniques And Strategies For Freight Trains

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR001041

Volume

50

Pages

9

Published

2000

Size

559 kb

Author(s)

P. Lukaszewicz

Abstract

Driving techniques and strategies for freight trains P. Lukaszewicz Railway Technology KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden. Abstract Driving techniques for freight trains are affected by parameters such as terrain, available adhesion, available power, running resistance and signalling. In order to simulate running times and energy usage, these parameters must,be taken into con- sideration. A locomotive dedicated for freight traffic has been equipped with in- strumentation which monitors actions, powering and braking, taken by the driver together with the parameters mentioned. The locomotive is located by means of GPS and ATC antennas. A general model of a freight train and a driver is deduced from the full scale measurements. Energy usage and running times differ as on av- erage by 1.3% and 0.4% respectively, from full scale tests. Implementation of the verified freight train and driver model results in significant improvement in deter- mining train running times and energy usage

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