MATEC Web of Conferences
Volume 180, 201813th International Conference Modern Electrified Transport – MET’2017
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Problems of Construction and Exploitation of Transport Infrastructure|
|Published online||27 July 2018|
Evaluation of tramway overhead line system in city of Osijek
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department for Transportation, Croatia
2 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department for Engineering Mechanics, Croatia
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overhead line system is a vital element of any electrified railway infrastructure. Its performance reflects to all vital parameters such as traction, reliability, availability and safety of railway infrastructure. Operator GPP Osijek runs a 27.5 km long tramway network which plays a key role in transit system of the city of Osijek, Croatia. In 2016 GPP Osijek applied to a tender for acquisition of new rolling stock with 85% EU investment. Mayor requirement prior to rolling stock acquisition was to document, analyse and upgrade current infrastructure (including track structure, electric substations and catenary) to an optimal level. Task of measurement and evaluation of tram track structure and catenary has been appointed to University of Zagreb Faculty of Civil Engineering. Overhead line analysis comprised from several measuring procedures, including supporting columns evaluation, catenary stagger, height, shocks and wear. Such extensive analysis included GPS positioning and on-site evaluation of 1214 supporting columns of overhead line, as well as overhead line measurements using an instrumented tram vehicle on 18 km of track. For conducting overhead catenary wire measurements, a tram pantograph has been fitted with equipment for measuring catenary height, accelerometers for shock measurement, camera, ruler and GPS for stagger measurement. Catenary wire wear was checked manually from catenary inspection vehicle. To conduct measurements, power had to be switched off on all electric substation along the route and tram vehicle had to be towed by a catenary inspection vehicle. All the data has been analysed and presented to end user in a user-friendly and intuitive GIS environment capable of further updates and detailed analyses. Evaluation of overhead line based on direct measurement results pointed out all the defects and weak spots on the system. It resulted in a series of recommendations for reconstruction and upgrade of the catenary system to fit the need of existing state and further development of tramway network.
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