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NCHRP 10-34 [Final]

Transient Protection, Grounding, and Shielding of Electronic Traffic Control Equipment

  Project Data
Funds: $339,988
Research Agency: Georgia Tech Research Corp.
Principal Investigator: Hugh W. Denny and Peter S. Parsonson
Effective Date: 3/1/1986
Completion Date: 4/30/1992

Electronic traffic control equipment is highly susceptible to disrupted operation and even permanent damage caused by electrical noise and transients (voltage spikes and surges) associated with connected service and signal lines. Lines providing electrical power and cables interconnecting equipment to sensors, communications systems, or peripheral hardware provide a direct path for the conduction of disruptive and damaging electrical transients from externally generated electrical noise. Lightning, switching transients, and other electromagnetic interference (EMI), including radio frequency interference (RFI), may be conducted on electrical and signal lines connected to traffic control equipment. Some disruptive noise may even originate from companion equipment located within the traffic control cabinet.

The objectives of this research were to: (1) review current practice and develop recommended procedures for the transient protection, grounding, shielding, and filtering of power and signal conductors, cabinets, and equipment associated with traffic control to assure the proper operation and extended life of the electronic equipment; (2) develop recommended performance specifications and test methods for protective devices; and (3) develop a user's handbook and a video-training tape.

The final report on the initial phase of research has been published as NCHRP Report 317, "Transient Protection, Grounding, and Shielding of Electronic Traffic Control Equipment."

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