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Introduction to High-Speed Railway

Authors: Linya Liu, Zifeng Zhong

Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore


About this book

This book provides a comprehensive overview of various aspects of high-speed railways, such as infrastructure, communication signals, traction power supply, trainsets, and transportation organization. It delves into the basic concepts, fundamental theories, and the latest technological achievements in these areas, equipping readers with a strong foundation in the subject matter. The content is organized into eight chapters: Introduction, High-Speed Railway Lines and Infrastructure, Power Supply Systems, High-Speed Railway Trainsets, Signal and Communication Systems, Transportation Organization, Passenger Services, and Maglev Railways. Each chapter explores different facets of high-speed railway systems, focusing on the unique characteristics, design principles, and operational methodologies that set them apart from traditional railway systems. The book also highlights recent breakthroughs and innovations in the field, giving readers a glimpse of the future potential of high-speed railways.

The book is tailored to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in railway transportation, railway engineering, locomotive vehicles, electrical traction, signal communication, and related fields. It offers a systematic and in-depth understanding of high-speed railway systems, enabling students to grasp the subject matter and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. It can also be a training material for railway professionals looking to expand their knowledge and skills in high-speed railway systems. Furthermore, the book can be a useful reference for postgraduate students engaged in research in relevant fields. It offers a wealth of information and insights, assisting researchers in understanding the intricacies of high-speed railway systems, and exploring new avenues for innovation and improvement.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Transportation is a general term for the economic activities involving the movement of people and materials on the transportation network by means of conveyance.
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Chapter 2. High-Speed Railway Lines
Railway lines refer to all infrastructures except for power supply, overhead contact line system and communication signals, including subgrades, tracks, bridges, tunnels and construction materials, which are the premise and foundation to ensure the safe, steady and uninterrupted operation of trains at the top speed. To meet the requirement of operation safety, high-speed railway lines shall not only provide highly regular and stable rail surface for high-speed trains running at high speeds, but also shall guarantee the stability and durability of each component of railway lines, so that the transport department can finish passenger and cargo transport tasks with high quality.
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Chapter 3. High-Speed Railway Power Supply System
High-speed electrified railways refer to railways configured with the electric traction power supply system which provides the operating ability to high-speed EMUs without onboard power supply.
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Chapter 4. High-Speed Railway Electric Multiple Unit
A high-speed EMU refers to a modular train marshalling with motor cars and trailers or with multiple motor cars permanently coupled together in a specified manner to realize the specific function, which has an onboard power supply, with a fixed formation, and can be operated from both ends. The operation method and maintenance system are different from locomotive and rolling stock.
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Chapter 5. HSR Signal and Communication Systems
The signal system of high-speed railway is the important technical equipment to ensure operation safety and to improve operation efficiency of high-speed trains, which, through effective and reliable technical means, can monitor the operating speed and the headway of trains in a real-time manner and provide overspeed protection, and also can reduce the workload and improve the working conditions for drivers, and improve the ride comfort for passengers.
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Chapter 6. High-Speed Railway Transportation Organization
High-speed railway is the product of modern economic and social development and transportation market competition. Its emergence and development have promoted the development of national and regional economies and the process of urban integration. In economically developed and densely populated areas, its economic and social benefits are even more prominent. Transportation organization of high-speed railways involves the studies on technical problems of transportation organization of high-speed railway which are different from that of normal railways based on the characteristics of high-speed railways. Transportation organization of high-speed railway determines whether the high-speed railway can give a full play to its technical and economic advantages, whether it can attract the passenger flow to the maximum extent, and whether it can obtain the software environment producing best economic and social benefits. It is an important part of high-speed railway technology. The conditions for building high-speed railways in China is favored: first of all, building high-speed railways is in line with China’s national conditions; secondly, building high-speed railway can improve passenger service quality; last but not least, building high-speed railway is conducive to the improvement of railway equipment standard and to the advancement of science and technology in China. When formulating the transportation organization mode, in addition to the actual situation including the demand of railway transportation, the current condition of the railway network, and the technical and economic conditions, consideration shall also be given from the aspect of passengers, analyzing the characteristics of passenger flow, so as to ensure the rational and effective design of the high-speed train operation mode or the transfer mode.
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Chapter 7. HSR Passenger Transportation Service
Passengers travelling by high-speed train, who generally prefer relatively higher time value and have higher affordability, usually have high requirements for not only ride comfort, but also for entertainment, catering and communication services on the train. Therefore, high-speed trains should be equipped with complete service facilities.
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Chapter 8. New Development of High-Speed Railway
High-speed traveling has long been the dream of human beings, and it is also one of the goals pursued by railway operators. On the basis of developing high-power traction locomotives, various countries in the world have been actively exploring and developing various new trains to adapt to the constantly changing situation.
Linya Liu, Zifeng Zhong
Introduction to High-Speed Railway
Linya Liu
Zifeng Zhong
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