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Trip optimization system and method for a train

United States Patent

August 15, 2017
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A system for operating a train having one or more locomotive consists with each locomotive consist comprising one or more locomotives, the system including a locator element to determine a location of the train, a track characterization element to provide information about a track, a sensor for measuring an operating condition of the locomotive consist, a processor operable to receive information from the locator element, the track characterizing element, and the sensor, and an algorithm embodied within the processor having access to the information to create a trip plan that optimizes performance of the locomotive consist in accordance with one or more operational criteria for the train.
Kumar; Ajith Kuttannair (Erie, PA), Shaffer; Glenn Robert (Erie, PA), Houpt; Paul Kenneth (Schenectady, NY), Movsichoff; Bernardo Adrian (Clifton Park, NY), Chan; David So Keung (Niskayuna, NY), Eker; Sukru Alper (Danbury, CT)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
11/ 385,354
March 20, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under contract DE-FC04-2002AL68284 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.