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Improving energy efficiency in railway powertrains

S. Brisset,  and F. Gillon     L2EP, Ecole Centrale de Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Abstract

This chapter reviews the use of multi-objective optimization techniques for improving powertrain technology. It discusses improving the design of an onboard energy storage system (ESS) for a tramway as well as the transformer of a tram-train and its PWM rectifier.

Keywords

Energy storage systems (ESSs); Multi-objective optimization techniques; Powertrains; Rectifier; Transformer

8.1. Introduction

Transportation is responsible for 24% of the total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Thus, the rolling stock industry is making an effort to reduce their environmental impact and increase performance, while remaining ...

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