Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Hybrid Traction Systems - What's In Store for the Future of Train Propulsion?

24 November 2008

This lecture will outlines the energy and carbon challenges for UK transport, and rail in particular, a topic highly relevant to the industry from both a cost and environmental standpoint. From this basis, technical options for both electrical and diesel traction will be developed, focussing on the potential for the application of hybrid propulsion utilising energy storage devices. The challenges of implementing devices including batteries, ultra-capacitors, and flywheels in rail vehicle design are discussed, and the results of research modelling various hybrid propulsion architectures in rail vehicles are presented to indicate the potential to reduce energy consumption. Research students Mat Read and Wen Qi will co-present.

Meet the Speaker

Roderick Smith is the Royal Academy of Engineering/ Network Rail
Research Professor in Advanced Railway Engineering and Chairman of
the Future Railway Research Centre at Imperial College London. He is
author of numerous publications on many aspects of railway engineering, and was a member of the British Rail Board's Research and Technical Committee (1992-96) and Head of the Advanced Railway Research Centre at the University of Sheffield from (1993-00). He has been Head of Mechanical Engineering at both Sheffield (1992-5) and Imperial College (2000-5). He is a frequent expert witness in legal cases involving railway engineering, a keynote speaker at international conferences and an elected Vice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and in addition a Trustee of the Science Museum and a member of the advisory Board of the National Railway Museum.



: Presented by Professor Roderick Smith, Future Railway Research Centre, Imperial College, London

Duration: 1 hr 15 mins