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Diesel Electric Locomotive formula

  1. Aug 31, 2016 #1
    What formulas do Diesel Electric Locomotive manufactures use when designing new Locomotives? Are there any good books on the subject? Locomotive meaning train engine. I want to understand freight engine designs not passenger.

    Thank you,
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  3. Sep 5, 2016 #2
    Thanks for the thread! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post? The more details the better.
  4. Sep 6, 2016 #3


    Staff: Mentor

    Teams of engineers spend years designing a new model locomotive, car, truck, ship, or airplane. You won't find simple formulas to express what they do.

    If locomotive design interests you, I suggest that you study either mechanical engineering or electrical engineering.
  5. Sep 6, 2016 #4
    I worked for Electro-Motive for 20 years, the last ten in the Engine developement Group. A locomotive is as complex as an airplane. Some of the separate design considerations are 1) power supply or engine; 2) transmission or power supply to the wheels; 3) platform design or the framework to support everything; 4) controls or how power is supplied to the transmission and slip control for the wheels; 5) cooling for the engine; 6) regenerative braking or using the electric motors as generators to supply power back to the grid while slowing down or to resistance grids on the locomotive.

    Try visiting www.railroad.net which has a lot of information on locomotives, their design and considerations.
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