Analysis of the pantograph arcing and its effects on the railway vehicle

Karagöz, Mustafa
In this work, pantograph arcing and effects of pantograph arcing on the railway vehicles are investigated. Sliding contact between the pantograph contact strips and the catenary contact wire is described with the emphasis on the pantograph arcing. Electric arc is examined in details. Arc characteristics, formation methods, extinction and reignition of the arc are studied. An experimental test setup is designed and implemented to be used in this work. Outputs of the experiments are presented and discussed. Arc models and theories are examined in details. Basic arc models in ATP-EMTP are studied and a suitable arc model for pantograph arcing is generated and validated with experimental results. Contactless inductive power transfer and usage of super capacitors in electric trains are also discussed.