Positive Train Control Radio Desense Mitigation Test: Research Phase 1

Final report for Positive Train Control (PTC) Desense Mitigation Test Research project includes description of Northeast Corridor (NEC) PTC deployments, PTC radio desense scenarios, PTC radio desense mitigation approaches, PTC radio desense mitigation trade study, and recommendations. The trade study identified adaptive interference canceller (AIC) technology and radio frequency (RF) filters, hardened to withstand locomotive environmental conditions, as solutions with the potential to mitigate each of the PTC radio desense scenarios affecting locomotives operating on the NEC, with minimal impact of existing PTC system hardware and software. Signal cancellation via phased antenna placement was identified as a method that can be used in conjunction with either AIC technology or RF filters to enhance PTC radio desense mitigation performance.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Cover title: Positive Train Control Desense Mitigation Test: Research Phase 1.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Technology Center, Incorporated

    55500 DOT Road
    Pueblo, CO  United States  81001

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Railroad Policy and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Nast, Thomas
    • Baker, Jennifer
    • Ramos, Aaron
  • Publication Date: 2016-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 94p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01603518
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FRA/ORD-16/15
  • Contract Numbers: DTFR53-11-D-00008; Task Order 367
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2016 2:11PM