The use of dynamic response to evaluate and improve the optimization of existing soft railway catenary systems for higher speeds

An increasing demand for reduced travel times requires the exploitation of the full capacity of existing overhead railway catenary systems. This need has become an issue in Norway, as the majority of existing catenary systems are designed for a maximum speed of 130?km/h. In many regions, plans to reconstruct the railway line do not exist. Therefore, existing catenary sections must be optimized to increase a train’s velocity and reduce the total travel time. In this paper, the dynamic response is evaluated in an optimization investigation of an existing soft catenary system. A dynamic investigation that considers finite element models of existing soft railway catenary sections with original tension forces, current tension forces and suggested new tension forces for velocities at and above the design speed is conducted. The dynamic response is quantified by the interpretation of spectral densities and variations in their peak values. Due to more movement at mid-span than at the pole support, the effects from altering the tension forces and increasing the speed can be more accurately described and estimated by considering the dynamic content of the response at mid-span instead of the peak uplift at the pole support. A 23% increase in speed is possible for the system with the best tested new tension force setting, in which only the dynamic response and uplift at the pole support are considered.


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  • Accession Number: 01599732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 2016 9:01AM