High Speed Connectivity
Insulators, connectors, and fittings are needed to ensure connections across the new high speed rail line S.E.A., South Europe Atlantic.
302 km of High Speed Line and 40 km of Connection to the Existing Line
S.E.A. line will go through:
- 3 regions
- 6 departments
- 113 towns
- 320 km/h speed
- 13,000 catenary poles
For a project of this scope, Vinci, the company who won the construction contract, needs insulators, connectors and fittings qualified by SNCF, the French national rail utility, to ensure connections across the line. They also needed a partner they could count on for rapid response and support.
Count on TE
A partner they could count on for rapid response and support
Being qualified by SNCF means:
- Products are long lasting to reduce maintenance need and ensure safety
- Products are reliable to ensure highest quality, allow network reliability and high speed train availability
- Meet demanding specifications for high technical performances
Decades of insulator design experience along with Raychem expertise
TE specially formulated EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) formulation brings a superior pollution resistant covering. It features a superior acid and chemical resistance advantage, stemming from the semi-crystalline structure of the base EVA polymer. This provides a key advantage over the softer amorphous structure of silicone insulators.
Reliable and Long Lasting Solution
TE obtained the certification of the French National Authority, SNCF
Thanks to 10 years of studies and experimentation, TE offers a wide range of connectors and the patented droppers solution. Our dropper is articulated at both the upper and lower part in order to improve electrical and mechanical behavior. This connection dropper passed all the tests defined in SNCF specification (mechanical, electrical and oscillation tests).
Solution Maker in Connectors and Fittings
SIMEL droppers are installed in France, UK, Belgium, Greece, and Korea
Our droppers offer high reliability in the field (installed for more than 15 years) and high performance. They were used when TGV Est beat rail speed record (574.8 km/h) on April 2007. Each connection dropper will be supplied to the customer at a defined length. This assembly is done in a TE workshop in French allowing for time saving during installation.
Installation of a range of rail insulators on the French rail networks
This has allowed TE to become a key supplier in France for insulators product range specifically for High Speed Rail (HSR) projects. Our rail insulators are now being installed in Eastern France on the Paris to Strasbourg HSR extension project. Deliveries are also commencing for the S.E.A. project, from Tours to Bordeaux, which is currently under development.