Accurate measurement of energy dissipated in braking rheostats in DC railway systems

Helko van den Brom, Domenico Giordano, Danielle Gallo, Andreas Wank, Yljon Seferi

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This paper describes the measurement system used to monitor the energy dissipated in the braking rheostat resistors on board a locomotive operating in a DC rail system. The aim of the activity is the accurate estimation of the energy, nowadays wasted, that could be recovered thanks to the implementation of the smart grid paradigm in the DC railway system. To provide metrological reliability to the measured wasted energy, a preliminary identification and estimation of the uncertainty is provided. The target uncertainty of the measurements is 1 %.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781728158983
ISBN (Print)9781728158990
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2020


  • current measurement
  • energy measurement
  • rail transportation
  • transducers
  • measurement uncertainty


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