Flexible front arrangement with multiple coupling options

Vectron has a flexible front arrangement that permits the integration of various coupling versions, thus giving you a wide range of options for using Vectron, and optimally equipping you for the future.

The concept

The concept of the front arrangement is based on a uniform interface between different versions of modular draw and buffing components and the car body. The heart of the modular coupling system is a standard spring mechanism that establishes the connection between the coupling and car body. In this standard spring mechanism, the traction and compression forces for train traction are not only initiated in the locomotive, but are sprung at the same time in order to prevent peak forces through impacts.

Integrated safety concept

Crash elements with different energy absorption capabilities can be integrated in the spring mechanism. Together with high-capacity deformation elements, which hold the buffers when a UIC screw coupling is configured, they create the Siemens safety concept, which meets applicable TSI standards.

If a central buffer coupling or automatic coupling is installed, these high-capacity deformation elements can be equipped with corrugated plates that provide override protection and can also assume crash functions.

Initial and retrofit versions

The front arrangement concept permits the use of different coupling systems while retaining the same mechanical interfaces in the locomotive body and in the nose area. The following initial and retrofit versions can be implemented:

  • Screw coupling with side buffer

  • Central buffer coupling

  • Automatic coupling

Benefits at a glance

  • Universal deployment of locomotive for different train configurations and coupling technologies

  • Coupling installation with UIC stabilizing end

  • Effective transport service for heavy freight trains, flexible mass transit applications, and powerful high-speed services

  • Flexible adaptation to international transport services

  • Easy retrofitting to accommodate new coupling technologies without altering the car body structure

  • Logical crash concept with crash elements in the standard spring mechanism and in the buffer mounts

Examples of coupling systems

Basic configuration

Basic configuration with UIC screw coupling and high-capacity deformation elements with integrated buffers

Transpact version of central buffer coupling

Transpact version of central buffer coupling for flexible and heavy freight traffic

Central buffer coupling version – schematic diagram

Central buffer coupling version – shown here with AAR-type coupling – without high-capacity deformation elements

Automatic coupling version – schematic diagram

Automatic coupling version – shown here with Schwab-type coupling – with high-capacity deformation elements and corrugated plates as override protection

09/29/2011 | Author: Name