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A Laboratory Model Study of a Railway Current Collection System

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Lars Drugge, Annika Stensson Trigell

KTH Vehicle Dynamics, Stockholm, Sweden

Anders Lennartsson

FOI - Swedish Defence Research Agency, Stockholm, Sweden

Paper No. DETC2007-34281, pp. 1805-1810; 6 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A vital system on modern high-speed electric trains is the overhead catenary system and the pantograph current collector. As speed limits are increased, train operators and railway engineers need measures of system performance in a number of situations. In this work a laboratory model is built to study the pantograph behaviour on curved track running on a catenary system with large stiffness variation. The model is designed to be simple, yet exhibit the most characteristic dynamic properties of the real system. Another objective is the possibility to run the pantograph at speeds near the wave propagation velocity of the contact wire. The situation of several trailing pantographs, with even spacing, which excites the system to steady state, is considered. Effects of changes in design features such as tension in the contact wire and torsion and translation stiffness of components in the pantograph are studied for different speeds. The interaction is complex and the performance depends on the dynamic properties of both the catenary system and the pantograph. The results show that the pantograph configuration mainly affects the size of amplitudes in the system while the contact wire tension influences at which velocities large amplitudes and contact losses occur.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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