Registering and evaluating electric arcs occurring between the wire and the pantograph can reveal critical points on the line and even a reliable index helping predicting wire wear.
Arcing at the pantograph distorts the regular waveform of the supply voltage and current and generates transients that propagate along the railway system, including tracks, track circuits, other locomotives on the same track, substation supply transformer, vehicle transformer, etc. This causes voltages and currents interference in the frequency range from DC to several MHz and radio frequency emissions up to the GHz spectrum.
The Electric Arcs Detection System (EADS) detects the presence of electrical arcs and their duration at speeds of up to 320 km/h. The data can be correlated with the contact line data. The measuring system is able to distinguish arcing from scintillating, by means of programmable threshold filtering of arcs with lower energy. Special light filters make the system insensitive to sunlight and able to work perfectly in all weather conditions.
|Overhead Line Measuring Systems
|Up to 320 km/h (up to 200 mph)
|System also available in unmanned version