MxV Rail R&D: Looking at Locomotives With LUTIS

Written by Matthew Witte, Ph.D., Scientist, MxV Rail
FIGURE 1. Example of traction motor components that failed from overheating. (Courtesy of MxV Rail)

FIGURE 1. Example of traction motor components that failed from overheating. (Courtesy of MxV Rail)

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Traction Motor (TM) lockup in a locomotive can be disruptive to a railway’s operations. While modern locomotives are equipped with many onboard diagnostic sensors to provide condition feedback, high-load mechanical components such as the gear train often remain unmonitored.

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