Technical Reports

Design of Dead-Wire Instrumentation Package for Use on Electrified Railroad Test Track at Transportation Test Center

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 1980
AUTHOR: D. Allen, R. Scofield
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT-FR-80-03
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: True Contact Force, Pantograph Head Inertinal Force, Aerodynamic Forces, Contact Wire Stagger, Pantograph Head Trajectory, Static Contact Force
ABSTRACT: This report describes an instrumentation package designed to perform geometry measurements on a catenary system and to identify areas requiring adjustment, to perform maintenance checks on the catenary, to determine long-range stability and to provide performance data on a variety of pantograph/overhead combinations. The system measures true contact force, contact wire stagger, contact wire height, pantograph head trajectory, structure marker location and loss-of-contact.

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