Full speed ahead for Moroccan railway after successful short-circuit testing!
Mobility carries out short-circuit tests on the catenary system on the Tangier-Kenitra high-speed railway line in Morocco.
As part of initial testing prior to dynamic testing, these tests had several objectives, including validating the operation of the protective equipment powering the catenary lines and measuring the voltage levels generated by a short-circuit on the rails and structures, so as to ensure that any such faults do not endanger anyone happening to be in the vicinity.
Thus, Mobility test staff from Lyon joined forces with the Moroccan team for a few days. Together, these specialists tested the various catenary power supply systems and measured all of these parameters (currents and voltages at various points along the line) at the moment of a short-circuit; the result was an arc flash of more than 8000 A!
Dynamic testing of the new high-speed trains can now start, with a view to the new line being opened to passengers in 2018.