Diesel-Electric Locomotive Energy Recovery and Conversion

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


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 6

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    ThermaDynamics Rail

  • Principal Investigators:

    Filippone, Claudio

  • Start Date: 20141210
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38318

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547529
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 6
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2014 1:00AM