Optimising train performance through the modelling of emerging technologies

The introduction and increasing adoption of new technologies to the rail industry over the last ten years has allowed operation of heavier and longer trains primarily to support the growing mineral export market and the expansion of intermodal freight services. Along with the increasing environmental focus within Australia and the need to increase the efficiency of operations to remain competitive, the importance of accurately understanding, predicting and optimising a rail operation is paramount. Traditional train performance simulation packages have taken a simplified approach due to the limited availability of sufficient computing power to accurately model the complexities of an operating train. To simulate technologies such as Distributed Power, ECP Braking, and emerging fuel saving products a train model with an increased number of degrees of freedom is required. While these methods are not new to train performance simulation, it represents a significant change in what can be presented to the Customer. This paper will review the development and capabilities of the TRAPER 2 simulation package, and detail the techniques available to determine the optimum application of the latest technologies and fuel saving products to a rail operation. Improving the utilisation of the Customer’s current and proposed motive power in existing or new operations is also discussed.

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  • Pagination: 9p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Rail - the core of integrated transport: CORE 2012: conference on railway engineering, 7-10 September 2012, Perth, Western Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532180
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:59AM