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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 110
Edited by: J. Pombo
Paper 195

Passenger Comfort for the Next Generation Train: A Laboratory for Comfort Factor Trials

J. Winter1, I. Windemut1, N. Kevlishvili1, D. Schmeling2 and J. Maier3

1Institute of Vehicle Concepts, German Aerospace Center, Stuttgart, Germany
2Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, German Aerospace Center, Goettingen, Germany
3Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center, Hamburg, Germany

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
J. Winter, I. Windemut, N. Kevlishvili, D. Schmeling, J. Maier, "Passenger Comfort for the Next Generation Train: A Laboratory for Comfort Factor Trials", in J. Pombo, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 195, 2016. doi:10.4203/ccp.110.195
Keywords: passenger, comfort, air-conditioning, lighting, noise, pressure, vibration, ride-comfort, ventilation, heating, HVAC.

Excellent passenger comfort should become a competitive advantage for railways again. For a long time railways lost the alignment to other modes of transport for example automobiles. In the frame of the Next Generation Train (NGT) project plenty of passenger comfort aspects, including ride smoothness, vibration, acoustic noise, pressure fluctuation, lighting, and air-conditioning in high-speed trains are addressed. The current paper is the second one in a series giving a comprehensive overview on the passenger comfort activities at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 2007. The focus is on the new built test environment for the passenger comfort trials concerning lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). In particular, the generic laboratory developed according to the NGT high speed train geometry is presented. It represents the 8 m long double-deck mock-up prepared for thermal comfort and energy efficiency trials on HVAC as well as on illumination. A detailed description of thermal manikins, infrared thermography, and laser smoke visualization together with an in-depth sight into the measurement system utilized in a generic laboratory is presented. To analyse the lighting concept the generic laboratory was equipped with corresponding luminaire systems.

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