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The IET’s 13th Professional Development Course

3 - 6 November 2014 | The Kingsway Hall Hotel, London, UK

About the course


Electric Traction Systems (ETS) is a four day course presented by a host of expert lecturers and practitioners who have worked on railway systems around the world and aims to provide delegates with a high level of understanding around the current and future practice in traction design and interface systems, from both a technical and managerial view.

The course is targeted primarily at engineers working within the railway traction industry but would also be highly relevant to graduate engineers seeking professional development, as well as more senior engineers working in the rail and traction systems industry.

Participants also have the option of attending a course dinner at the end of day 1 and one of three technical visits at the end of day 2, designed to give delegates a first-hand experience of the ideas and technologies being discussed.



Each day, the course programme will cover a key aspect of Electric Traction Systems, giving you a complete guide to this vital aspect of railway engineering.

  • Day 1: Fundamentals; overview of ETS systems, calculating performance, techniques for energy saving, signalling and control systems, braking and control architecture
  • Day 2: Drives; DC and AC traction, induction motors, motor control, power converters and inverters, technical visit (optional)
  • Day 3: System and Interfaces; AC / DC rail electrification, electromagnetic compatibility , auxiliary power for rolling stock, on board control and monitoring
  • Day 4: Practicalities; safety management, software safety and dependability, future ideas and case studies



Upon attendance to ETS, delegates will receive the following:

  • Course book with papers written by speakers
  • A technical visit to one of three London depots
  • Access to presentation slides after the course
  • Refreshments and lunch for the duration of the course
  • Three course networking dinner
  • Certificates of attendance which may contribute towards your CPD


Please view the registration page for more details.

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