Why Did TGV Perform So Well?

The author synopsizes an interview with Alstom senior vice president Francois Lacote. The article's focus is on TGV's success in recent high-speed train testing in France, where a new world record of 574.8 km/h was set. Comparison is made to a less successful 1990 rail speed test of TGV Atlantique. Bogie testing, train type, wheel-rail adhesion, brakes, cost, and flying ballast protection are all discussed. Alstom has partnered with French National Railways in setting up approximately 15 teams representing various disciplines to analyze data collected from 200 track sensors and 350 train sensors during recent testing. Confirmed results of data analysis will be forthcoming.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p 48
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  • Accession Number: 01054112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 20 2007 10:50AM