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1. (WO2014204870) POWER SHARING FOR A LOCOMOTIVE CONSIST

Pub. No.:    WO/2014/204870    International Application No.:    PCT/US2014/042590
Publication Date: Thu Dec 25 00:59:59 CET 2014 International Filing Date: Tue Jun 17 01:59:59 CEST 2014
IPC: B61C 5/00
B61C 17/12
B60L 15/32
Applicants: PROGRESS RAIL SERVICES CORPORATION
Inventors: KRAL, John F.
BIAGNINI, Douglas M.
Title: POWER SHARING FOR A LOCOMOTIVE CONSIST
Abstract:
A method of sharing power between locomotives (120, 122, 124) in a consist may include receiving a power demand signal at a control computer (130) on one of the locomotives (120), with the power demand signal indicative of a total power output requirement for the consist. The control computer (130) may determine an amount of available power on an electrical power bus (180) running through all of the locomotives in the consist, and the power generating capacity of all power sources (140, 142, 144, 150, 152, 154) that are electrically coupled to the electrical power bus (180). One or more power sources on any one of the locomotives in the consist may be activated to provide electrical power to the electrical power bus for use by a load on a different one of the locomotives in the consist.