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Energy Consumption and Running Time for Trains: modelling of running resistance and driver behaviour based on full scale testing
KTH, Superseded Departments, Vehicle Engineering.
2001 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The accuracy in determined energy consumption and runningtime of trains, by means of computer simulation, is dependent upon the various models used. This thesis aims at developing validated models of running resistance, train and of a generaldriver, all based on full scale testing.

A partly new simple methodology for determining running resistance, called by energy coasting method is developed and demonstrated. An error analysis for this methodis performed. Running resistance of high speed train SJ X2000, conventional loco hauled passenger trains and freight trains is systematically parameterised. Influence of speed, number of axles, axle load, track type, train length,and train configuration is studied. A model taking into account the ground boundary layer for determining the influence ofmeasured head and tail wind is developed.

Different factors and parameters of a train, that are vital for the accuracy in computed energy consumption and runningtime are identified, analysed and finally synthesized into a train model. Empirical models of the braking and the traction system, including the energy efficiency, are developed for the electrical locomotive of typeSJ Rc4, without energy regeneration.

Driver behaviour is studied for freight trains and a couple of driving describing parametersare proposed. An empirical model of freight train driver behaviour is developed from fullscale testing and observations.

A computer program, a simulator, is developed in Matlabcode, making use of the determined runningresistance and the developed models of train and driver. The simulator calculates the energy consumption and running time ofa single train. Comparisons between simulations and corresponding measurements are made. Finally, the influence of driving on energy consumption and running time is studied and demonstrated in some examples.

The main conclusions are that:

The method developed for determining running resistanceis quite simple and accurate. It can be used on any train andon any track.

The running resistance of tested trains includes some interesting knowledge which is partly believed to be new. Mechanical running resistance is less than proportional to the actual axle load. Air drag increases approximately linearly with train length and the effect of measured head and tail wind on the air drag can be calculated if the groundboundary layer is considered.

The developed train model, including running resistance, traction, braking etc. is quite accurate, as verified for the investigated trains.

The driver model together with the train model insimulations, is verified against measurements and shows good agreement for energy consumption and running time.

It is recommended to use a driver model, when calculating energy consumption and running times for trains. Otherwise, the energy consumption will most likely be over-estimated.This has been demonstrated for Swedish ordinary freighttrains.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2001. , 154 p.
Trita-FKT, 2001:25
Keyword [en]
Energy consumption, Running time, running resistance, driver behaviour, freight, train, energy coasting method, aerodynamic drag, driver model, degree of coasting, slippage, wind, Energy saving, braking ratio, powering ratio, full scale testing
National Category
Vehicle Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3185OAI: diva2:8954
Public defence
2001-06-08, 00:00 (English)
QC 20100526 NR 20140805Available from: 2001-06-06 Created: 2001-06-06 Last updated: 2010-05-26Bibliographically approved

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