ISTU STREP proposal intends to investigate, develop and demonstrate a cost effective integrated propulsion unit for individual self-driven container rail platform wagons for freight container transport between ports and cargo distribution centres. Although the proposal is an R&D project focussing on technical and innovative methods to integrate all main propulsion components like motor, power converter, cooling and embedded controllers in one unit, the project coordinator has defined clear demonstrator targets. In particular, the propulsion unit, with rated power of ca. 25 kais expected to deliver cost improvements of 30%, efficiency improvements of 2% (up to 96%) and system availability improvement of 3% (up to 98%). A prototype integrated drive system will demonstrate these improvements. The project will aim at developing an integrated switched reluctance drive which uses integrated power electronic conversion modules and advanced direct torque digital control enabling the use of low cost sensors. Long-term approach of ISTU expects that this STREP project will lead to an IP project, integrating further the outer vehicle guidance control, i.e. a GSM telemetric system with vision capabilities, which would lead to an unmanned automatic piloted transport system able to be applied also as the self-propelled and self-guided container wagon to dense industrial areas in order to reduce road traffic, pollution and noise. As Objectives the ISTU STREP project will aim at:
-developing an electrical integrated low-cost:
propulsion and cooling systems, control and power electronic components, simple producible rail transportation motor
-demonstrating the proposed low-cost propulsion system-designing and specifying all requirements for a direct freight logistic application, i.e. a container wagon.
-Defining interfaces and showing implementation of such propulsion units and its interfaces for a self-guided self-propelled application.
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Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project