Simulation of Fuzzy Control Applied to a Railway Pantograph-Catenary System
Walters, S.D. (2010) Simulation of Fuzzy Control Applied to a Railway Pantograph-Catenary System In: International Conference on Knowledge-based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems (KES2010), 8th–10th September 2010, Cardiff, UK.
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Throughout Europe, environmental concerns are increasingly resulting in accelerated development of high-speed rail networks. The Pantograph-Catenary (PAC) power collection system has been retained for compatibility reasons, but the normally-reliable passive system can suffer increasing failure of contact at elevated speeds due to wave motion of the catenary. The results include loss of power and premature component failure due to formation of electric arcs. The paper discusses simulation of a fuzzy logic based active PAC control system using the MATLAB Simulink suite of software. A flexible control system model is developed and initial test simulations are described. Future refinements are proposed for improved system modelling and control. This work is funded under an Interreg IV project, “PAntograph Catenary Interaction Framework for Intelligent Control (PACIFIC)”.
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