Sydac has developed the Engineering Simulator for calculating operational performance parameters and in-train dynamics. Performance parameters include running speed, trip time, fuel consumption and brake wear. Train dynamics include coupler forces and extensions, brake pipe pressure, brake cylinder pressure and other dynamic characteristics.
The Engineering Simulator calculates operational and train dynamics for specific consist configurations running on specific tracks to assists users to evaluate on-track performance and understand the behaviour of trains. The analysis is performed by a real time simulation engine using high fidelity behavioural models.
Drivers inputs provided in a variety of ways:
- Direct control
- Pre-recorded driver inputs (control action files) or
- Sydac's autopilot algorithms
Use of the autopilot or control action files allows the simulation to be run unattended up to 10 times faster than real-time depending on the PC used.