Thermal behaviour of a direct-current traction motor driving a railway train

Chun Wah Leung, K. Y. Lee, S. D. Probert

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The mean temperatures of a thyristor-driven traction motor, while operating on a very busy railway-line, have been measured. The factors affecting the attained temperatures are the loading imposed on the motor, its electric-current input, the train's speed versus time pattern, the dwell times at the stations on route, and the driving practice. It is essential to timetable the operations of the train so as not to overload the traction motor, and thereby avoid its overheating and rapid subsequent breakdown. Design improvements are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-276
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Energy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Energy(all)


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