Working Group 17

OCS Subcommittee

IEEE Rail Transit Vehicle Interface Standards Committee

IEEE P-1627: Standard for Grounding Practices for DC Electrification Overhead Contact Systems Including Application of Lightning Arrestors for Transit Systems



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Nick Rassias, P.E.
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Ramesh Dhingra
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The scope of this standard covers practices for grounding overhead contact systems used in DC electrification for rail, light rail,  and trolley bus including the proper application of lightning arrestors.


At the present time there are no uniform practices for grounding overhead contact systems used in DC traction electrification or for application of lightning arrestors, Such a standard will provide increased protection to passengers, personnel, and equipment, reduce maintenance and initial costs and improve performance..

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