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Transit IDEA J-04/IDEA 67 [Completed (IDEA)]

Diesel-Electric Locomotive Energy Recovery and Conversion
[ TCRP J-04 (Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis--The Transit IDEA Program) ]

  Project Data
Staff Responsibility: Jo Allen Gause
Research Agency: ThermaDynamics Rail
Principal Investigator: Claudio Filippone
Fiscal Year: 2011

This project developed thermodynamic and economic computer models to assess technical and economic performance of a waste heat energy recovery and conversion technology as a retrofitting technology for commuter rail locomotive applications. 


Computer modeling was supported by baseline testing data that will be obtained from a locomotive operated at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI), in Pueblo, Colorado. Computer model validation and optimization was also supported by data obtained by testing a simulated locomotive exhaust gas manifold simulator, and a small-scale diesel-electric locomotive analogue. The simulated exhaust gas manifold utilized exhaust gases by operating a modified oil-burner. The small-scale diesel-electric simulator was coupled to a resistive load banks to simulate different locomotive notch settings and commuter rail locomotive duty cycle. The project investigators worked with TTCI technical staff, to install sensors and operate a locomotive at TTCI to obtain locomotive baseline data.


The contractor's final report is available.

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