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Power-Electronics Issues of Modern Electric Railway SystemsSTEIMEL, A.
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railway systems, induction motor drive, IGBT-converter-fed
power(18), elektrische(13), control(12), bahnen(12), traction(11), electronics(11), steimel(6), speed(5), hoffmann(5), system(4)
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Date of Publication: 2010-05-31
Volume 10, Issue 2, Year 2010, On page(s): 3 - 10
ISSN: 1582-7445, e-ISSN: 1844-7600
Digital Object Identifier: 10.4316/AECE.2010.02001
Web of Science Accession Number: 000280312600001
SCOPUS ID: 77954635700
After de-regulation of the former state-owned railways and severe restructuring of the railway industry in the last 15 years, more innovative vehicle concepts saw the light of the day. Power electronics, already formerly being a pacemaker for progress of traction vehicles, brought forth an utmost standardization of the main drive by means of the IGBT-converter-fed induction motor drive. This is independent of the railway supply voltage system or of a diesel prime mover, for locomotives, high-speed and mass-transit trains as well as for tramways. Vehicles able to operate on all four European railway voltage systems have become feasible and are used now widely. New trends as Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Motors or Medium-Frequency Transformers are discussed, and a short overlook over actual field-oriented high-performance motor control systems - including a speed-sensorless variant - is given. Power electronics dominates the field of conversion of the 16.7-Hz railway supply power, typical for Central Europe, from the 50-Hz three-phase utility grid.
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