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Ok, I wish to plot the speed time curve of the my urban service . The travel includes the curvature ( as shown in image ( just for reference )). curvature in the track The train speed is decreased while it runs along the arc ( i am pretty sure ) . The question is whether this decrease in train speed is considered while plotting a speed time curve or is it considered to be negiligible. I have to plot one . urban service speed time curve

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  • $\begingroup$ Because traction is a subset of electrical engineering so I posted here ...any recommendations will be gladly accept ed $\endgroup$ – Kaushal Feb 14 '17 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ Ok thank you for your recommendation and help.. i shall try asking to mechanical engineering site $\endgroup$ – Kaushal Feb 14 '17 at 16:10
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    $\begingroup$ Your entire question is based on your assumption that velocity will be decreasing as a train moves along the curve. Why do you think this would be the case? $\endgroup$ – hazzey Feb 14 '17 at 18:08
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As is often the case the answer is that it depends. Urban train services tend to operate at fairly modest speeds and it may well be that they are run at an optimal constant safe speed for a given stretch of track, bearing in mind also that there are a lot of energy losses associated with accelerating and braking a heavy train.

Equally there may be no real advantage in running at the maximum possible speed if there are other bottlenecks in the system associated with signalling and spacing of trains, especially in an urban system where there are likely to be lots of stops and large volumes of passengers getting on and off. For example there is little point expending fuel getting to between stations 5 minutes faster if that just means you need to wait an extra five minutes for the previous train to clear that section of track.

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