A novel track switch actuation method, known as Repoint Light, is under full-scale prototype design phase at Loughborough University. The design concept uses parallel-channel actuation, locking and detection, allowing the switch to continue to function with no loss of performance in the event of a single channel fault. The prototype will be constructed, tested and deployed, including tests with the passage of traffic, upon a functional railway. This paper describes the design and performance challenges faced when introducing the concept into its real operating environment, as well as systems engineering processes followed in the design and considerations regarding reliability, maintainability and performance of the switch.
|Title of host publication
|Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Stephenson Conference
|Subtitle of host publication
|Research for Railways 2017
|Institution of Mechanical Engineers
|Number of pages
|Published - 2017
|Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017 - London, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 2017 → 27 Apr 2017
|Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways 2017
|25/04/17 → 27/04/17
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© The Authors, 2017.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mechanical Engineering