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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
Pantograph-Catenary Interaction
organised by
Prof. Jorge A. C. Ambrósio
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal;
Dr. Alan Facchinetti
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Session Aims and Scope
Pantograph-catenary interaction plays a key role in electric railway operation, representing one of the most critical interfaces between the rolling-stock and the infrastructure. The dynamic interaction between pantograph and overhead line heavily influences the quality of the current collection essential for assuring proper power supply to the electrical traction drives to reach and maintain the vehicle operating speed. In this respect, the pantograph-catenary interaction constitutes one of the limiting factors for increasing the train speed, especially when considering high speed operation. The pantograph-catenary interface also represents one of the main obstacles to rolling stock interoperability, since each country had developed its own overhead line equipment and optimised its pantographs accordingly.

This session aims to bring together researchers and experts from universities, research institutes and industry to discuss different aspects of pantograph-catenary interaction. The session will cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Pantograph-catenary interaction modelling and analysis
  • Tribological aspects of pantograph-catenary interaction
  • Pantograph laboratory testing
  • Pantograph-catenary interoperability issues
  • Active pantograph control
  • Pantograph and catenary monitoring and diagnostics
  • Experimental evaluation of pantograph-catenary interaction
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Prof. Jorge A. C. Ambrósio
    Instituto Superior Técnico
    Lisbon, Portugal
    (jorge.ambrosio AT
  • Dr. Alan Facchinetti
    Politecnico di Milano
    Milan, Italy
    (alan.facchinetti AT

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "RW2014-S20" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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