SIGNAL+DRAHT | Ausgabe 11/2011

Mobile measurement system to analyse vehicle-generated magnetic fields

November 2011 | Gerhard Haipl, Günther Lehner, Torsten Uhlig

Operating modern rail vehicles running on railway lines while complying with all safety requirements is not as easily done as one may expect considering that standard gauge is used. Many, in part country-specific, requirements and limitations need to be met to demonstrate the absence of electrical and electromagnetic interaction between vehicles and infrastructure. All this for but one reason: To ensure safe and highly available operation of the overall “railway” system. If, in future, these conditions are to be met across borders, that is, systems are to be interoperable, then demand will not stop at non-reactive vehicle and control technologies, but will require internationally standardised evaluation and measurement methods, because only these will allow transnational vehicle certification.