This paper recounts ASEA (Allmanna Svenska Electriska Aktiebolaget) development of electric rail vehicles up to the modern thyristor-controlled locomotives, suburban trains, underground trains and trams. Extensive tests to evaluate the energy savings of a chopper car compared to a resistor controlled car under the same conditions have been run by Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, MMTB, during 1977. These tests demonstrated that a properly designed chopper car with the ASEA system for regenerative braking may consume nearly 40% less energy than equivalent conventional cars in normal revenue service. By applying modern technology and calculation methods to the design of rail vehicles it has been possible to supply the rail transportation industry with safe and energy-efficient high-performance-vehicles with improved ride and reduced maintenance.

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  • Pagination: p. 25-29

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  • Accession Number: 00311072
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1981 12:00AM