IEC 62499 pdf download Railway applications – Current collection systems – Pantographs, testing methods for carbon contact strips
This International Standard gives rules for testing methods for carbon contact strips. The purpose of this standard is to demonstrate that the carbon contact strip construction, by attachment to integral supporting structure (carrier) but excluding bolted assembly, is fit for purpose. Not all tests may be relevant to some designs.
2 Normative references
The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.
carbon contact strip
strip of carbon material, permanently attached to an integral supporting structure (carrier) but excluding bolted assemblies
stress at failure of the adhesion between carbon and the support structure
autodrop detection sensor
mechanism incorporated in the carbon contact strip to provide the indication for the pantograph automatic dropping device (ADD)
uninterrupted flow of air or other fluid
rated current loading
current value defined by the manufacturer that the carbon strip is designed to sustain without degradation under the specified operating conditions
4 Symbols and abbreviations
A designed area of adhesion (mm 2 )
F S shear force (N)
There are two categories of tests:
– type tests,
– routine tests.
The above tests are described in 5.1 .1 to 5.1 .2.
Supplementary tests may be required if they have been specified in the customer specification and after agreement with the supplier.
Annex A summarises the tests which shall be performed.
5.1.1 Type tests
Type tests shall be performed on a single piece of product of a given design.
Equipment in current manufacture shall be considered to have satisfied the type tests; if the manufacturer can provide certified reports of type tests already conducted on identical components, the type tests shall be considered to be complied with.
5.1.2 Routine tests Routine tests shall be carried out to verify that the properties of a product correspond to those measured during the type test. Routine tests shall be performed by the supplier on each equipment.
5.2 Test procedures
5.2.1 Tests for the temperature characteristic of the carbon contact strip under rated current loading
5.2.1 .1 General The test aims to determine the temperature characteristic to stability of the carbon contact strip at the maximum designed current loading.
5.2.1 .2 Test method The carbon contact strip shall be fixed at one end and freely supported at the other end (see Figure 1 ). The current supply connection shall be made by clamping suitable interfaces to the vertical faces of the carbon, but not in contact with the carrier material (see Figure 2). The current take off shall be made at the normal design interface(s) between the carrier and the pantograph.