Transportation

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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Electric Vehicle

December 19, 2005
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Electric Vehicle

In a recent application, the customer used two DC-DC converter modules, in parallel with current sharing and battery charging circuitry to provide power from a high voltage battery to the Smart Car’s standard 12 V electric system. The 316 Vdc battery is fitted in an insulated container under the car’s floor to provide traction via compact electric motors, instead of the normal petrol engine. In short, Vicor modules are being used as a solid-state alternator. Although the car has a small 12 V battery, to supply peak power and emergency back up, the two modules...

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Display In-Flight Simulator for Helicopter

December 15, 2005
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Display In-Flight Simulator for Helicopter

Pilots around the world regard flight simulation as the closest thing to the true experience of flight. One Vicor customer specialises in the design, manufacture and integration of high-resolution display systems. Applications include simulation, command and control, and virtual reality. The basic characteristics of the display – resolution, field-of-view, brightness and contrast – are optimized to meet the most rigorous training scenarios, like landing and takeoff for pilot training, complex combat scenarios, air-to-air, air-to-ground.   Vicor has various applications in this market, using our easily configurable power supply products, PFC MegaPACS. The truly user configurablity of...

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Speedometer for Buses and Subway

December 8, 2005
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Speedometer for Buses and Subway

Vicor modules (VI-J00 products) are used to redesign speedometers for urban transport such as buses and subway trains. Using the ‘T’ input voltage range, Vicor modules are very well suited to the transportation field. ‘T’ input voltages range from 66 to 160 Vdc and fit with 72 Vdc; 96 Vdc, and 110 Vdc, with the same part numbers. Vicor modules were suitable for this project because of the wide input voltage range: 66-160 Vdc. The low storage and operating temperatures were also of benefit to the client; the baseplate can be put onto a...

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Get Your Ticket Here!

July 10, 2005
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When using public transport such as trains, buses or trams, you could be buying your ticket from a machine powered by Vicor. At a public bus or railway station, ticket machines have to tolerate all weather conditions, ranging from the freezing cold temperatures of long winters in Finland or Norway, to very hot summers in Spain or Italy. Because Vicor modules operate from -55ºC to +100ºC, they are ideally suited to this particular application. Inside a bus or tram, a ticket machine has to be able to withstand shock and vibration; because all Vicor...

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