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A Novel Method for Calculating the Radiated Disturbance from Pantograph Arcing in High-speed Railway

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JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
DateE-pub ahead of print - 16 May 2017
Number of pages12
Original languageEnglish


Pantograph arcing is a key electromagnetic disturbance source to affect train control system in high-speed railway. Since the characteristics of pantograph arcing is related to train speed, it is necessary to investigate effective numerical modeling and measurement method. However, due to the uncontrollable train speed during on-site measurement, it is difficult to study the radiated disturbance from arcing in the corresponding speed and repeat the same measurement. Therefore, a method combined numerical modeling and reverberation chamber measurements for calculating the radiated disturbance from pantograph arcing in a high-speed railway is proposed. Numerical models of train and sensitive equipment are built to calculate the coupling coefficient in CONCEPT II. And a new measurement procedure in reverberation chamber using pulse signal as the reference source is proposed based on a speed-controllable laboratory replica to measure the total radiated power of pantograph arcing. Then the radiated disturbance from pantograph arcing to the sensitive equipment is achieved with the coupling coefficient and the total radiated power of arcing. The method is verified laboratory experiments. This method can solve the uncontrollable train speed problem during on-site measurement and improve the repeatability of measurement.

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  • pantograph arcing, radiated disturbance, reverberation chamber

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