Transportation

How to Meet European Standards for Rail Applications

September 4, 2011
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In this video, Marco Panizza, Vicor’s European Applications Manager shows how Vicor’s modular DC-DC converters can meet or exceed European railway standards IEC571/EN51055 and RIA12 if design guidelines are carefully followed. These standards address the harsh environment issues that characterise rail applications, including shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, restricted space, varying voltages, EMC and reliability.

How to Meet European Standards for Rail Applications

 

Aircraft cargo handling system

July 21, 2011
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Aircraft cargo handling system

Vicor has recently provided a power solution to a commercial aircraft industry supplier that designs, manufactures and supports complete on-board baggage and cargo handling systems for many of the world’s major airlines. Simplicity of installation, operation and maintenance is important in such applications. The equipment must be durable and light-weight, yet be capable of withstanding shock, vibration and low temperatures. Vicor’s VI-Junior DC-DC converter products’ ability to meet all these requirements made them an ideal choice for the customer when designing the control units for the cargo handling system. Vicor’s long and broad experience...

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Vicor Helps Power Solar Boat

December 25, 2009
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Vicor Helps Power Solar Boat

Built in stainless steel, the stunning, 25-metre boat is manufactured by Kopf-Solarschiff for use as a sightseeing ferry with a capacity of up to 110 passengers and a range of up to 90 kilometres. A charge regulator, designed and manufactured by Uhlmann Solar with specialist support from Vicor is used to convert power from the solar panels into two batteries operating at different voltages: a 24 V battery is used to power the lighting and audio system, whilst a 300 V battery provides the drive power for the boat. Uhlmann Solar used four Vicor...

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Solar-powered Car

July 7, 2007
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Solar-powered Car

By easing power-circuit design and providing reliable operation even in tough desert conditions, a Vicor DC-DC module has helped a solar-powered car to compete in Solar Challenge races in Australia. The 1,800 mile race challenges power designs with severe restrictions on energy, space and heat dissipation. Faced with designing a power circuit for a solar-powered car, to compete in the Solar Challenge across 1,800 miles of Australian desert, a team of young engineers turned to Vicor DC-DC converters. Their challenge was to provide stable and reliable supply voltage to the on-board PC and telemetry...

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Explosives Detection Systems for Airports

February 18, 2007
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Explosives Detection Systems for Airports

Air travel is an essential part of our daily lives; over 600 million people fly each year, not to mention the millions of bags that go along with them. That is why efficient explosives detectors are absolutely vital for passengers’ safety. Current explosives detection systems (EDS) are the size of a mini-van and employ technology which combine many x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and, if needed, three-dimensional images. A variety of Vicor products, such as modules, VIPACs and PFC MegaPACs, can be used in these systems. In...

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Mobile Radio (Helicopter)

October 24, 2006
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Mobile Radio (Helicopter)

A professional mobile radio, used for civil and military communications, emergency services, aid, vigilance and control, is powered by Vicor. The modules provide mechanical and thermal ruggedness, correct temperature and humidity ranges, Radio Frequency Susceptibility (radiated and conducted) performances, high-efficiency, and shock and vibration resistance. The European Organization for Civil Aviation Electronics (EUROCAE), who works jointly with RTCA in the development of standards, defines a series of minimum standard environmental test conditions and applicable test procedures for airborne equipment. The purpose of these tests, which last 20 days, is to determine the performance characteristics...

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New Tram-Trains Using Tyres

February 16, 2006
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New Tram-Trains Using Tyres

This new rubber-tyred vehicle system takes bus and tramway and combines the advantages of the two systems: better stability, a smoother ride for travellers, only one central rail, more flexibility and, with a diesel engine, it can be used on every road. Vicor modules (VI-J00 products) are used in this modern system of transportation. With a wide input voltage range of 18 – 36 Vdc, a high reliability (MTBF), low size and weight, and ease of use, the Vicor modules provided the ideal solution.

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