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Special Issue "Sensing and Monitoring Electric and Electromagnetic Quantities in Railways"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Electronic Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Domenico Giordano
Guest Editor
National Institute of Metrological Research (INRIM), 10135 Torino TO, Italy
Interests: measurement and instrumentation; development of voltage transducers for medium voltage applications; power quality definitions and measurements in railway systems; arcing phenomena; development of facilities and techniques for the characterization of high voltage/high current DC and AC transducers
Prof. Dr. Andrea Mariscotti
Guest Editor
DITEN, University of Genova, 16145 Genova GE, Italy
Interests: EMC applied to industrial, military, and transportation systems; power quality and interference; power system modeling and analysis; electrical measurements, design, and construction of measurement setups and instrumentation; earthing, stray current, and lightning protection design, in particular for electrified transportation systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Measurement and monitoring of electrical and electromagnetic quantities in railways has always been an important part of the whole assessment of correct operation of the supply circuit, rolling stock, signaling, and control. The new challenges for sustainable mobility, for impact on third parties, and for high levels of reliability and continuity of service require the development and deployment of new monitoring architectures, integrating various types of smart sensing technologies: Resulting architectures may extend over the entire transportation system, being integrated with the existing infrastructure and exploiting interconnection and data exchange offered by modern communication means, as well as power harvesting.

More traditional applications cover power quality and compatibility with signaling and control systems. Examples of more recent applications range from the monitoring and quantification of the energy efficiency of the whole system (installing sensing units both on-board trains and in supply substations) to fostering predictive maintenance of the current collection system (with existing applications for catenary–pantograph contact quality covering a wide range of physical quantities, with a tendency to integrate modern energy meters with additional monitoring functions). Other applications may focus on the track, monitoring stray current, and corrosion (with challenges of data analysis on different time scales, depending also on the characteristics of the environmental and service conditions), as well as verifying the physical integrity of the track (exploiting existing signaling circuits, or using magnetic, traveling wave or ultrasound excitation).

This Special Issue thus cordially invites contributions on electrical and electromagnetic sensors, smart sensors and measurement, and monitoring architectures for railways.

Dr. Domenico Giordano
Prof. Dr. Andrea Mariscotti
Guest Editors

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  • voltage sensor
  • current sensor
  • energy efficiency
  • power quality
  • stray current
  • stray current control
  • pantograph arcing
  • rail diagnostic
  • sensor architecture

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