TE News: TE Connectivity Aerodynamic Roofline System

TE Connectivity provides aerodynamic roofline system for new high-speed train

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September 25, 2018

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September 25, 2018

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has developed an innovative electrical roofline solution to support the efficient design of the new Siemens Velaro Novo high-speed trains.

“It is a priority for us at TE to co-create solutions with our customers that help enable a more sustainable world. So we are proud to have developed a low-profile, fully insulated electrical roofline solution that is part of the sustainable innovation for the Velaro Novo high-speed train,” said Thomas Brendel, TE Connectivity’s senior global account manager. “The biggest advantage of TE’s Next Generation Roofline System is the aerodynamic design, which reduces drag and saves energy consumption.”

 

Better overall aerodynamic performance has enabled Siemens to reduce energy use by 10 percent on its high-speed train.

 

“Our involvement helped reduce weight and energy consumption through compact, lightweight design and robust products designed for harsh environments that also lower maintenance costs,” said Brendel. “The TE system allowed Siemens designers to move the high voltage system below the roofline, creating a much-improved aerodynamic profile for the train.”

 

The new TE Next Generation Roofline System also contributes to an improved passenger experience by significantly reducing noise during operation.

 

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THE VELARO NOVO TRAIN

Running at 300 km/h, the new high-speed train uses 30 percent less energy than previous Velaro models, which translates into average savings of 1,375 tons of CO2 a year. Thanks to its lightweight construction, the train's weight was reduced by 15 percent. At the same time, available space for passengers was increased by ten percent. The car body is based on the empty tube concept, meaning that there are no permanent installations inside the car and the interior can be furnished according to customer wishes. Configuration options like this make the Velaro Novo future-proof and flexible, and the trains can be adapted to an operator's new needs even after years in operation. Maintenance costs are reduced thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art measurement and sensor technology. Siemens is premiering the new concept at InnoTrans 2018 as part of its digital staging. Press release and more information:  Siemens presents its new high-speed train – the "Velaro Novo"