TELICE, A CONTRACTOR FOR ELECTRIFICATION, SIGNALLING AND RAILWAY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING THE EVOLUTION OF THE WORKSTATION FOR THE AUSCULTATION OF CATENARY TCAT®, MAKING USE OF LIDAR TECHNOLOGY FOR THE CALCULATION OF GEOMETRIC PARAMETERS OF CATENARY AND RAILWAY.
The tCat workstation has been developed to facilitate and speed up the monitoring of catenary parameters: contact wire height and offset, track width and cant, and other parameters for catenary design and maintenance.
The tCat is an easily operable device characterized in the European Norms as a “light weight track geometry measuring device” (LTGMD) which can be adapted to the three common track gauges (1,000,1435 and 1680mm).
Its main components are:
An inertial measurement unit (IMU) with 6 degrees of freedom and integrates an accelerometer and a gyroscope both of three axes.
A global navigation satellite system (GNSS).
A differential transformer linear variation (Linear Variable Differential Transformer LVDT) used to calculate the track axis.
A digital camera.
An odometer (rotary encoder) with high precision.
A LIDAR system (Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging), that allows a great speed and precision in the measurements.
A new battery will guarantee the autonomous operation of the equipment for at least 8 hours
TELICE once again demonstrates its innovative spirit by creating a commercial product which, even in its development phase, stands out for its ease of use, speed and precision.