EVALUATION OF FOUR DIFFERENT RAIL RAPID TRANSIT PROPULSION SYSTEMS

At UMTA request, APTA evaluated four different propulsion systems. Due to lack of precise estimates for acquisition, maintenance, and traction power savings, this analysis is qualitative and adheres to the guideline that system elements will be compared subjectively, based on known design features and conservative extrapolation. A comparison was made of Garrett's flywheel energy storage, GE's AC propulsion (pulse-width modulation - PWM), Delco's self-synchronous motor, and a regenerative chopper to determine life cycle costs and related factors that would impact on eventual selection and application for revenue service.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Public Transit Association

    Technical and Research Services Department
    Washington, DC  USA  20036

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Urban Rapid Rail Vehicle and Systems Program
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Greene, F S
  • Publication Date: 1976-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA/URRVS-77/01 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-60060
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1981 12:00AM