Influence of Pantograph Suspension Characteristics on the Contact Quality with the Catenary for High Speed Trains

Joao Pombo, Jorge Ambrósio

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Abstract

In general the electrical energy is provided to the trainsets by the pantograph-catenary contact. The study of this system contributes to decrease the number of incidents and the maintenance and interoperability costs. Here a finite element method and a multibody dynamics approach are used to handle the catenary and the pantograph dynamics, implemented in a validated computational tool. The objective is to understand how pantograph parameters influence contact force characteristics and catenary uplift. The results provide indications on how the pantographs can be modified, in a design environment, or tuned to improve the performance of the overhead contact system.

LanguageEnglish
Pages32-42
Number of pages11
JournalComputers and Structures
Volume110-111
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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