CETEST is accredited to perform current collection quality tests according to EN 50317, EN 50367 and TSI.

We evaluate the current collection quality through the following tests, as required by the standards mentioned above:

  • Evaluation of the contact forces between the pantograph head and the catenary: the pantograph is instrumented in CETEST facilities and calibrated in a special test rigs for pantos. You can see further information about our instrumented pantograph.
  • Wire uplift: the catenary is instrumented at different points. Vertical displacement is monitored and evaluated according to the limits established in the standards.
  • Measurement of arching: the number and duration of the arcs generated during the operation are measured. The parameters are analysed in accordance with EN50317 yielding the information required to evaluate the current collection quality.
Cetest: Current collection
The pantograph is instrumented in CETEST facilities and calibrated in a special test rigs for pantos.

At CETEST we have extensive experience in both DC and AC applications across the whole range of speeds and even up to very high speeds (more than 350 km/h). We use state-of-the-art sensing technology and have applied our knowledge and expertise in the area to develop specific systems for these tests.