Braking is simply a means of converting energy from one form into another. The moving train has kinetic energy which can be calculated. If the train slows down for any reason, its kinetic energy must be converted into some other kind of energy. If a simple mechanical brake is used, the energy appears as heat; similarly, if the vehicle is coasting to a lower speed, heat appears in the bearings as a result of friction. If an electric brake is used, electricity is the new form of energy. This article is the first of two dealing with electric brakes on railways; it deals mainly with electric braking on multiple-unit trains.

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    Ian Allan Limited

    Terminal House
    Shepperton, Middlesex  England  TW17 8AS
  • Authors:
    • Scott, M
  • Publication Date: 1973-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 318-321
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 30
    • Issue Number: 299
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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  • Accession Number: 00047476
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Modern Railroads
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1981 12:00AM