For many years the most advanced railway propulsion systems have been based on the use of electric motors. Compared to the other available solutions, these are characterized by greater operating economy and less environmental pollution. In order to operate as efficiently as possible and to guarantee the high standards of electromechanical reliability, these propulsion technologies need adequate cooling systems to operate in controlled temperature conditions. Considering this, the implementation of increasingly accurate and performing simulation models can represent a significant advantage and provide great support in the optimization phase of cooling systems, in terms of reduction of dimensions and weight, rapid and low-cost experimentation, prediction of critical scenarios and choice of the best solution strategies to be taken. In this regard, in the context of the collaboration between the University of Naples Federico II, University of Sannio and the company Hitachi Rail STS S.p.A., several lumped parameter models of power converter cooling systems for railway electric propulsion were developed in the Simcenter AMESim environment. These models allowed to validate specific design choices from thermal and hydraulic perspectives, aimed at higher energy efficiency of the system, and to perform the so-called Last Mile predictive analysis, in order to evaluate the possibility of removing a vehicle from the railway line as consequence of a fault of specific components.

Predictive model of cooling system for railway electric propulsion: validation of design choices and last mile analysis

Emma Frosina;
2022-01-01

Abstract

For many years the most advanced railway propulsion systems have been based on the use of electric motors. Compared to the other available solutions, these are characterized by greater operating economy and less environmental pollution. In order to operate as efficiently as possible and to guarantee the high standards of electromechanical reliability, these propulsion technologies need adequate cooling systems to operate in controlled temperature conditions. Considering this, the implementation of increasingly accurate and performing simulation models can represent a significant advantage and provide great support in the optimization phase of cooling systems, in terms of reduction of dimensions and weight, rapid and low-cost experimentation, prediction of critical scenarios and choice of the best solution strategies to be taken. In this regard, in the context of the collaboration between the University of Naples Federico II, University of Sannio and the company Hitachi Rail STS S.p.A., several lumped parameter models of power converter cooling systems for railway electric propulsion were developed in the Simcenter AMESim environment. These models allowed to validate specific design choices from thermal and hydraulic perspectives, aimed at higher energy efficiency of the system, and to perform the so-called Last Mile predictive analysis, in order to evaluate the possibility of removing a vehicle from the railway line as consequence of a fault of specific components.
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