Development and control of a rail vehicle model to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions

Tim J. Harrison, William J.B. Midgley, Roger M. Goodall, Christopher P. Ward

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Abstract

The development, validation and control of a modular model of a United Kingdom Class 800 train, which included carbon dioxide emissions data, was developed in MATLAB/Simulink. This model was validated against data obtained from a full day of rail journeys in the south-west of England. The validated model was used to develop control measures to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of the train. Combining adaptive speed limit control with selective engine shutdown reduced the carbon dioxide emissions by 19.1% over a representative route without affecting the train’s on-time performance. The model was used to develop a tool for investigating the emissions benefits of (intermittent/discontinuous) route bi-mode train model is presented. A detailed electrification. This tool shows that electrification of a route can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by 66%.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
Early online date15 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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