EP0467377A2  Method of producing a train running plan  Google Patents
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 [0001]The present invention relates to a method of producing a train running plan which is effective for realizing a high speed and high density running, or an energysaving running of a railway train.
 [0002]With respect to a method of producing the optimal train running plan under the conditions such as line conditions, e.g., a limit speed and a grade, and rolling stock characteristics, e.g., a running resistance, driving force characteristics, and speed decreasing characteristics, there are published the following literatures:
 Literature 1; 5th National Symposium for Utilization of Cybernetics in a Railway, June, 1968, pp. 1116; and
 Literature 2; The Transactions of the Institute of Electrical Engineering Engineer's of Japan, Vol. 106B, No. 9, September, 1986, pp. 769776.
 [0003]The method in the literature 1 is such that the optimal running method is obtained in the running of arbitrary form between stations on the basis of the dynamic planning by treating the running time, the power consumption and the number of notch switching as the objective factors. This method is obtained in the form of notch sequence. Then, the running time, the power consumption and the like as the objective factors are obtained by performing the running simulation of the train to determine the position, the speed and the like of the train.
 [0004]In the literature 2, the discussion is made with respect to the energysaving running method in the running of the superexpress railway's train stopping every station, between the stations. In the literature 1, the calculation is made by the simulation with the time base being divided since the equation of motion of the train cannot be exactly obtained in the large area. On the other hand, in the literature 2, each of the strict solutions is obtained on the assumption that the magnitude of the grade takes a fixed value and the resultant solutions are linked to one another to perform the calculation of the consumed energy, the necessary time and the like.
 [0005]The discussion about the energysaving running method in the literature 2 is made in such a way that four patterns near the actual running are prepared, the consumed energy is calculated every running pattern on the assumption that the magnitude of the grade is zero over the whole terriotires, and the predetermined comparison is performed. Out of the four running patterns, the running pattern having the minimum consumed energy provides the results of the maximum acceleration  the fixed running at the maximum speed  stopping by the repetition of the coasting and the normal maximum braking.
 [0006]In the abovementioned running pattern having the minimum consumed energy, only the maximum speed is changed to obtain the speed in which the necessary time coincides with the schedule time for realizing the scheduled running in which the necessary time coincides with the schedule time.
 [0007]However, in the prior art method of obtaining the optimal running plan on the basis of the dynamic planning in the literature 1, there arises a problem in that the calculation requires much time.
 [0008]In the literature 2, as the running pattern of the limit speed between the stations, only the pattern shown in Fig. 1 is supposed. Thus, the method described therein can be applied to only this running pattern. Therefore, it cannot be applied to the complicated pattern as shown in Fig. 2 for example.
 [0009]Further, in addition to the literatures 1 and 2, with respect to the method of changing the train running plan produced in advance in the train in a realtime manner, there is published the literature 3, i.e., The Transactions of the Institute of Electrical Engineering Engineer's of Japan, Vol. 107D, No. 5, May, 1987, pp. 665672.
 [0010]The method described in the literature 3 is about the running plan of the superexpress railway's train stopping every station. In this case, the running pattern as shown in Fig. 1 is supposed as the running pattern of the limit speed. Then, out of a plurality of running methods which are supposed in advance, one providing the minimum energysaving is determined on the assumption that the magnitude of the grade is zero over the territory shown in Fig. 1. The resultant energysaving running method is such that the running pattern is obtained by combining the maximum acceleration, the fixed speed running, the coasting and the maximum deceleration with one another.
 [0011]In the running method having such a running pattern, the parameters which are to be determined in advance are the maximum speed and the deceleration starting point in the running territory. The two parameters are changed so as to provide the maximum energysaving running under the condition of the scheduled running (the running time coincides with the schedule time).
 [0012]In the method described in the literature 3, only the running pattern as shown in Fig. 1 is supposed as the running pattern of the limit speed between the stations, the method of energysaving running is determined in advance, and only the determination of the deceleration starting point is performed in the realtime change in the train. Therefore, this method cannot cope with the occurrence of change of the limit speed as shown in Fig. 3A, for example, which is not supposed in advance.
 [0013]It is an object of the present invention to determine the target speed so as to provide the minimum consumed energy during the running of the train.
 [0014]It is another object of the present invention to obtain the subsequent target speed on the basis of the change ratio of the consumed energy between the running speed and the target speed of interest when the running speed of the train is changed.
 [0015]It is still another object of the present invention to correct the limit speed of the train to the original one when the limit speed of the train is changed.
 [0016]The first feature of the present invention will hereinbelow be described. The general pattern of the limit speed between the stations is supposed as shown in Fig. 4, and the running pattern on the basis of that limit speed is assumed here. Then, the limit speed territories in Fig. 4 are numbered serially (the number of territories is N). At the same time, it is assumed that the limit speed in the ith limit speed territory is V_{MAX,i} and the running speed to be targeted (hereinafter, referred to as simply "the target speed", when applicable) is Vi. Then, the relationship of Vi < V_{MAX,i} is established.
 [0017]Under such assumptions, to set the target speed (it is not always possible to reach this target speed) every limit territory is determined the train running method between the associated stations. For example, in the running pattern of the maximum acceleration  the fixed speed running  the deceleration by the normal maximum braking, under the limit speed of V_{MAx,i} (i = I, ..., N), if Vi (i = I, ..., N) is established, the train running method between the associated stations is correspondingly established. Conversely, it is also true that to establish the train running method between the stations is to establish Vi (i = I, ..., N).
 [0018]By the optimal running method in the train running method as described above, it means the scheduled running in which the necessary time required for the train to run between the stations coincides with the schedule time and at this time, the minimum consumed energy is obtained.
 [0019]It is assumed that the necessary time required for the train to run through a predetermined territory is T and the consumed energy is E. Then, the necessary time T and the consumed energy E cannot be analytically calculated even if the line conditions and the rolling stock characteristics as already described are known. However, these factors can be obtained by making the equation of motion of the train discrete corresponding to the travel distance and by performing the numerical calculation (i.e., by performing the simulation).
 [0020]At this time, if Vi (i = I, ..., N) is established, the necessary time T and the consumed energy E are uniquely obtained. Therefore, each of T and E is a function of Vi (i = I, ..., N). That is, the following relational expressions are established:
 [0021]More specifically, Vi is changed so as to decrease the consumed energy E, and for example, the partial derivative ∂aE/∂Vi of E with respect to Vi is obtained. Thus, the direction of decreasing of E is obtained. There is known a nonlinear planning in which the calcualtion for obtaining the direction of decreasing of E is repeated until the necessary time T approaches the scheduled time T_{D} within the range of a certain allowable error δT, and when the necessary time T becomes in the range of the allowable error, the above calculation is finished.
 [0022]Or, the following equation may be used as the objective function.
 [0023]The above description has been given with respect to the specific case where the train runs through the territory between the two stations, and it is then stopped at the following station. However, even in the case where both the two stations are passed stations, the same means can be used by giving the initial speed at the first station in addition to the above conditions.
 [0024]The second feature of the present invention is such that when the running speed of the train is changed, the subsequent target speed V = (V_{1}, V_{2}, ..., V_{N}) as a vector form is newly obtained on the basis of the change ratio of the consumed energy between that running speed and the target speed of interest. Therefore, the component of the gradient vector VE(V) in the direction of decreasing of the consumed energy E is obtained from the following approximate expression.
 [0025]That is, the target speed V(n) is changed in the direction of the gradient vector, and the target speed V(n) for minimizing the consumed energy E is obtained. According to the second feature of the present invention, instead of the gradient vector VE(V), the ratio of the decreasing of the consumed energy E to the increasing of the running time T when V(n) is changed by AV(n), i.e., the ratio of AE to AT is used. Then, each of the components of each of the gradient vectors is obtained from the following equation.
 [0026]The value of the equation (4) is called p(m). Then, let p(n) be replaced with p as the form of vector. Then, the target speed V is changed in the direction of p. In this case, it is assumed that the initial value of the target speed V(n) is expressed by {the limit speed Vmax(n)  (the marginal speed)}. Then, by the marginal speed it means the upper limit speed that does not exceed the limit speed during the running at the fixed speed.
 [0027]The third feature of the present invention is such that it is assumed that the optimal running method is obtained in advance, because of correcting the running time, the running data which are produced in advance by the simulation and the like are utilized, and when a predetermined limit speed is changed, the running plan is corrected so that the running time becauses the previously determined running time.
 [0028]In the calculation of the running time, in addition to the running curve on the speed curve which is expressed by the speed on the axis of ordinate with respect to the position on the axis of abscissa as shown in Fig. 5, the curve of the inverse number of the speed is also utilized. Since the single integral of the inverse number of the speed with respect to the position on the axis of abscissa becomes the running time of the territory of interest, it is herein referred to as "the running time density", and is expressed by X.
 [0029]The characteristics of the train are characterized by the acceleration and deceleration characteristics, the running resistance and the like. With the train, it is assumed that all the grades of the traffic line are zero. Then, as shown in Fig. 7, in the acceleration up to the suitable speed more than the maximum speed on the line, the data about the running speed v, the running time density and the running time T with respect to the running distance x are produced. Now, the running speed v, the running time density and the running time T are expressed by the following equations, respectively.
 [0030]Moreover, as shown in Fig. 8, the individual data in the deceleration from the running speed v of interest are also produced. In this case, the running speed v, the running time density λ and the running time T are expressed by the following equations, respectively.
 [0031]Since each of the functions p(x), q(x), f(x), g(x), F(x) and G(x) is a monotonous function, these functions have respective inverse functions. Moreover, as the functions necessary for the calculation of the running time, the data of F(f^{1}(λ)) with respect to the variable X in the acceleration and the data of G(g^{1}(λ)) with respect to the variable λ in the deceleration are produced.
 [0032]Although these functions are not always clearly expressed in the form of formula, they are stored in the computer in the form of discrete numeral data.
 [0033]Fig. 9 is a graphical representation showing the running of the train in which the fixed speed running is performed up to the position x_{1} at the speed Vi, the acceleration is started from the position xi, the running speed reaches the speed V_{2} in the position ξ_{1}, the fixed speed running is performed up to the position x_{2} at the speed V_{2}, the deceleration is started from the position x_{2}, the running speed reaches the speed V_{3} in the position ξ_{2}, and the fixed speed running is performed up to the position X3. Incidentally, in this case, it is also assumed that the magnitude of the grade is zero in each of the running territories.
 [0034]Moreover, Fig. 10 is a graphical representation showing the inverse number of the speed, i.e., the running time density. The running time density is expressed by the following equation.
 [0035]The position ξ_{1}, where the running is switched over from the accleration to the fixed speed running can be obtained using the speed curve p(x) in the acceleration of Fig. 7, and the distance required for the acceleration from V_{1} to V_{2} can be obtained by the following equation.
 [0036]The running time T_{A} from X_{1} to ξ_{1}, corresponds to the area A shown in Fig. 10. In order to obtain this running time T_{A}, the travel territory between X1, and ξ_{2} is converted into the characteristics shown in Fig. 7 and the resultant characteristic curve of Fig. 7 is then integrated. First, the positions y_{1}, and y_{2} shown in Fig. 7 corresponding to λ_{1}, and X_{2} are given by y_{1} = f^{1}(λ_{1}) and y_{2} = f^{1}(λ_{2}), respectively. Therefore, the running time T_{A} is given by:
 [0037]Moreover, the running time T_{B} from ξ_{1}, to x2 corresponds to the area B and is given by λ_{2} · (x_{2}  ξ_{1}). As a result, the running time T_{AB} from X_{1} to x_{2} is obtained using the following equation.
 [0038]The position ξ_{2} where the running is switched over from the deceleration to the fixed speed running is obtained from the following equation, using the speed curve q(x) in the deceleration of Fig. 8.
 [0039]The running time Tα from ξ_{2} to _{X3} corresponds to the area D and is given by λ_{3}·(X_{3}  ξ_{2}). As a result, the running time Tαα from x2 to _{X3} is obtained using the following equation.
 [0040]The reason for performing the calculation on the assumption that the magnitude of the grade is zero in the above description is that since the magnitude of the grade depends on the place, taking the actual grades into consideration, it is impossible to produce the desired data in advance by the simulation. However, the following items are true:
 1. Since the recalculation of the running time in the train is necessary for the territory where the change of the limit speed occurs locally and the subsequent several territories, the distance requiring the recalculation is short. Thus, there is a small error between this case and the case where the magnitude of the grade is taken into consideration.
 2. Such a territory where the change of the limit speed occurs is mainly included in the high speed area, and therefore, there is small influence of some variation of the speed due to the grade upon the running time.
 [0041]For the above reasons, there is the small error between the present case and the case where the magnitude of the grade is taken into consideration.
 [0042]As described above, the necessary data are calculated in advance by the simulation and the like, and the running time is then calculated using the resultant data, whereby it is possible to correct the running method which is set in advance, in a realtime manner.
 [0043]According to the correcting method of the third feature of the present invention, the necessary data is calculated in advance by the simulation and the like, and the running time is then calculated using the resultant data to correct the running method. Therefore, even when the necessity of correcting the train running method occurs, e.g., the change of the limit speed temporarily occurs, it is possible to correct the running method in the train in a realtime manner.
 [0044]
 Fig. 1 is a graphical representation showing a prior art running pattern of a limit speed between stations;
 Fig. 2 is a graphical representation showing an example of a running pattern of a limit speed between stations;
 Fig. 3A is a graphical representation showing an example of the running pattern in the case where the setting of the limit speed occurs temporarily;
 Fig. 3B is a graphical representation showing an example of the running pattern corresponding to the inverse number of the limit speed illustrated in Fig. 3A;
 Fig. 4 is a graphical representation showing an example of the running pattern of the limit speed between the stations;
 Fig. 5 is a graphical representation showing a running pattern used for correcting the running plan;
 Fig. 6 is a graphical representation showing the inverse number of the running pattern shown in Fig. 5;
 Fig. 7 is a graphical representation showing the speed, the inverse number of the speed and the running time in the acceleration in the case where the magnitude of the grade of the travel territory is "0";
 Fig. 8 is a graphical representation showing the speed, the inverse number of the speed and the running time in the deceleration in the case where the magnitude of the grade of the travel territory is "0";
 Fig. 9 and Fig. 10 are graphical representations useful in explaining the calculation of the running time using the inverse number of the speed;
 Fig. 11 is a block diagram showing the arrangement of a system for carrying out a method of producing a train running plan according to the present invention;
 Fig. 12 is a flow chart showing the method of producing a train running plan of a first embodiment according to the present invention;
 Fig. 13 is a diagram useful in explaining an example of the running plan which is displayed on a CRT of a train system;
 Fig. 14 is a graphical representation showing an example of the grade data of a limit speed territory;
 Fig. 15 is a graphical representation showing the running pattern of the limit speed which is used when a train passes a station;
 Fig. 16 is a flow chart showing the method of producing a train running plan of a second embodiment according to the present invention;
 Fig. 17 is a flow chart showing the method of producing a train running plan of a third embodiment according to the present invention;
 Fig. 18 and Fig. 19 are graphical representations useful in explaining examples of correction of the running plan; and
 Fig. 20 and Fig. 21 are graphical representations useful in explaining another examples of correction of the running plan.
 [0045]Preferred embodiments of the present invention will hereinafter be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.
 [0046]Fig. 11 is a block diagram showing the arrangement of a system for carrying out a method of producing a train running plan according to the present invention.
 [0047]This system arrangement is made up of a train system 200a having a main function of displaying an optimal train running plan on a CRT 203 provided in a train to perform the operational support for an engineer, and a ground system 100b having a main function of producing the optimal train running plan to be displayed by the train system 200a.
 [0048]Moreover, for brevity, it is assumed that the traffic route is a line consisting of two rails, a plurality of stations are included in the traffic route, a running train is limited in type, and each of the trains is a local train.
 [0049]A running plan producing unit 208 serves to refer to the necessary data in a rolling stock characteristic data file 212 and a line condition data file 213 to produce optimal train running plan thereby to store the optimal train running plan in a running plan data file 211. This processing is performed in advance with respect to all the territories, the type of the train, the up train line and the down train line.
 [0050]Then, to determine the train plan is to determine a target speed in each of the limit speed territories. Incidentally, in addition to the target speed, the curve of the speed corresponding to the position on the line, which is designated the running curve, will be also displayed in the train. In the data file 211, the result of the simulation when the optimal target speed is set will be recorded in the form of the position and the speed. The details of the method of producing an optimal train running plan will be described later with reference to Fig. 12.
 [0051]Then, by the rolling stock characteristic data it means the drive force characteristic data and the deceleration characteristic data corresponding to the train speed, the running resistance which is a function of the second order of the train speed, the train organization, the train weight and the like all of which are inherent in the train. These rolling stock characteristic data are stored corresponding to the type of the running train.
 [0052]Moreover, by the line condition data it means the position of the station (stopping target position), the limit speed information (territory starting position and limit speed, etc.), the grade information (starting position and magnitude of grade, etc.) and the like all of which are obtained with the starting point of the traffic route being treated as a standard. Since it is assumed that the traffic route is a single line, these data are limited to only two kinds with respect to the up train line and the down train line.
 [0053]Out of the data of the optimal train running plan thus produced, the data corresponding to the running train and the territory between the stations at which the train is to be stopped in order need to be transferred to the train system 200a of the running train. As for the means for transferring such data, there are known various kinds of ones. However, particularly in the present example, an IC card is used to transfer the data from the ground system 200b to the train system 200a. The running plan producing unit 208 serves to search for the necessary data to take out them from the data file 211, thereby to send them to an IC card writer 214. The IC card writer 214 serves to write the data thus sent thereto in an IC card 215. The IC card 215 having the data written therein is the same as an IC card 206 in the train system 200a.
 [0054]A running support unit 201 serves to read out the running plan from the IC card 206 through an IC card reader 207 prior to the start of the train and to record the running plan in a running plan data file 204 in a train computer. Further, the running support unit 201 performs the display of the present position, the target speed at the present position, the running curve in the running plan, and the like on a CRT 203, corresponding to the travel position of the train. A keyboard 202 in the train system 200a and the 209 in the ground system 200b are used for the input of the commands and the like when the respective systems are operated and so forth. An example of the displayed picture is shown in Fig. 13.
 [0055]In Fig. 13, the reference numeral 701 designates the limit speed, the reference numeral 702 designates the optimal target speed, and the reference numeral 703 designates the running curve which is obtained by performing the simulation of the running at the optimal target speed. The reference numeral 704 indicates the present position on the running curve. The target speed, the present speed, the present position and the running time are numerically displayed in areas 705, 706, 707 and 708, respectively.
 [0056]Returning to Fig. 11, the position of the train is calculated in such a way that a rolling stock position detection unit 205 measures the rotational frequency of the wheel and the correction is performed in the place where the positions of the station and the vicinity thereof can be accurately grasped.
 [0057]Fig. 12 is a flow chart in accordance with which the running plan producing unit 208 in the ground system 200b shown in Fig. 11 carries out a first embodiment of a method of producing an optimal train running plan.
 [0058]The first embodiment is characterized in that the target speed is determined so as to provide the minimum consumed energy when the train is running.
 [0059]In Step 101, the data inputted from the keyboard 209 is read out. The data which are inputted from the keyboard 209 are made up of the type of the train, the identifiers with respect to the individual stations, the starting time, and the estimated time of arrival.
 [0060]In Step 102, on the basis of the data thus inputted, the line condition data with respect to the stations at which the running train is to be stopped in order (the line length, the station position, the limit speed information, the grade information and the like) and the rolling stock characteristic data of the running train (the drive force characteristics, the deceleration characteristics, the train weight and the like) which are stored in advance in the files 213 and 212 of the ground system 200b, respectively, are read out. The train weight is calculated on the basis of the average seatload factor (it is estimated from the past data and the like).
 [0061]In Step 103, on the basis of the above data thus read out, the target speed which is obtained by subtracting the marginal speed from the limit speed is assigned to each of the limit speed territories. The marginal speed is set so as not to exceed the limit speed during the fixed speed running. Thus, for example, if the marginal speed is set to 3 km/h, when the limit speed is 100 km/h, 97 km/h is set to the target speed.
 [0062]In Step 104, the necessary time T and the consumed energy E in the case where the train will run between the stations at the target speed thus set are calculated. The concrete method of calculating the necessary time T and the consumed energy E will hereinbelow be described.
 [0063]The running pattern of the limit speed shown in Fig. 4 is used as that in the present embodiment. The axis of abscissa designates the distance from the starting station and will hereinbelow be represented by x. The limit speed territories are numbered serially (the total number of territories is N). At this time, it is assumed that the starting position of the ith territory is x; and the limit speed thereof is V_{MAX},_{I}. That is, if the position of the train satisfies the relationship of x_{;} < x ≦ X_{i+1}, the limit speed at that position is V_{MAX,i}
 [0064]Moreover, as described above, it is assumed that the running pattern takes the combination of the maximum acceleration  the fixed speed running  the deceleration by the normal maximum braking.
 [0065]Next, it is assumed that the grade of the nth limit speed territory is as shown in Fig. 14 and the number of territories each having the grade is Mn. Then, in the position satisfying the relationship of ξ_{n,m1} ≦ X ≦ ξ_{n,m,} the grade is _{'Yn},_{m}. Incidentally, the unit of the grade is expressed by o/oo (per mil).
 [0066]The running resistance R_{R} is a function of the second order of the train speed v and is expressed by the following formula:
 [0067]The grade resistance R_{R} is a function of the position x. Since the unit of the grade y is given by o/oo, if the angle corresponding to the grade is given by 0, the following relationship is established.
 [0068]Then, if the drive force characteristics and the deceleration characteristics corresponding to the speed v are expressed by T_{Q}(v) and T_{B}(v), respectively, the equation of motion of the train motion are given by:
 [0069]Thereafter, the necessary time T and the consumed energy E can be obtained in such a way that the distance x is made to be discrete and the equation (20) is solved by the numerical calculation.
 [0070]Incidentally, although it is assumed that with respect to the train running, the acceleration is performed in accordance with T_{Q}(v) and the deceleration is performed in accordance with T_{B}(v), the control is the fixed speed running is performed in the following manner.
 [0071]The lower limit ΔVd and the upper limit ΔVu of the error between the present speed v and the target speed Vn are set. Then, the control in the fixed speed running is performed in accordance with the following relationship.
 v ≦ Vn  AVd : acceleration due to T_{Q}(v)
 Vn  ΔVd < v < Vn + ΔVu : coasting (F_{M}(v) = 0)
 Vn + ΔVu v : deceleration due to T_{B}(v)
 [0072]In order to obtain the partial derivative ∂E/∂Vi of the consumed energy E with respect to the target speed Vi, the target speed Vi is reduced by the small speed _{E}V to perform the same calculation. If the consumed energy at this time is given by E', the following relationship is established.
 [0073]Such a calcualtion is repeatedly performed with respect to i(i=I, ..., N).
 [0074]After the completion of the above processing, with the target speed being equal to the initial setting value (i.e., in the first calculation), the schedule time (the estimated time of arrival  the starting time) is compared with the calculated necessary time (Step 105). When the schedule time is larger than the necessary time (in the case where the train is too late for the necessary time at any high speed), it is judged that the input data are abnormal. Then, this processing is completed (Step 106). The completion of this processing is displayed on the CRT 210.
 [0075]On the other hand, when the schedule time is smaller than the necessary time, the difference between the schedule time and the necessary time is calculated to compare the magnitude of the difference and the allowable error δT with each other (Step 107). If the difference therebetween is smaller than the allowable error (formation of end condition), the target speed and the running curve data at this time are stored in the running plan data file 204 (Step 108). Thus, the processing for obtaining the optimal train running method is completed (Step 109).
 [0076]If the difference therebetween is more than the allowable error δT, the processing for changing the target speed is performed (Step 110). There are various methods for changing the target speed. For exmaple, there is a method in which the grade vector having ∂E/∂Vi as the ith component is normalized (making the length thereof 1), the length along the ith component, i.e., that of the target speed as the vector is decreased by 5 km/h. There is another method in which the positive and maximum partial derivative is selected and the target speed is reduced by 1 km/h. In the present embodiment, the latter is employed.
 [0077]Thereafter, the subsequent target speed is newly set, a series of processings beginning from Step 104 are repeated.
 [0078]As another example in the method of producing a train running plan, it is supposed that the territory for providing the optimal train running plan exists between the two passed stations, as shown in Fig. 15. At this time, there is no schedule time between these stations. However, the difference between the estimated times of passing with respect to the two stations is regarded as the schedule time, the speed at passing the station at the left end (the initial speed in the simulation) is added, and the consumed energy and the necessary time are obtained by the simulation.
 [0079]Thus, in the method of producing a train running plan according to the first embodiment, since the target speed in each of the limit speed territories is obtained on the basis of the nonlinear planning for obtaining the desired train running plan, the number of parameters used for determining the target speed can be decreased, and the computation time becomes less in comparison with the case of the optimal running method for all the territories by the dynamic planning or the like.
 [0080]Moreover, the method of producing a train running plan of the present embodiment can be applied to the running pattern using the arbitrary limit speed.
 [0081]The second embodiment of the present invention will subsequently be described. In the second embodiment, the subsequent target speed is newly obtained on the basis of the change ratio of the consumed energy with respect to the change of the running time when changing the target speed. Incidentally, as the system for carrying out the method of producing a train running plan of the second embodiment, as shown in Fig. 11 is used. Therefore, the description of the arrangement of the system is omitted here for brevity. Then, only the features of the second embodiment will hereinafter be described with reference to Fig. 16.
 [0082]In Step 101 a, the data of the type of the train, the identifiers with respect to the individual stations, the starting time, the estimated time of arrival, and the like are inputted from the keyboard 209.
 [0083]In Step 102a, on the basis of the data inputted in Step 101 a, the line condition data with respect to the stations at which the running train is to be stopped (the line length, the station position, the limit speed information, the grade information and the like) and the rolling stock characteristic data of the train of interest (the drive force characteristics, the deceleration characteristics, the train weight, and the like) which are stored in advance in the files 213 and 212 of the ground system 200b, respectively, are read out. The weight of the passengers in the train weight is calculated on the basis of the average seatload factor (it is estimated from the past data).
 [0084]In Step 103a, on the basis of the data thus read out, the initial value of the target speed of each of the limit speed territories is set by subtracting the marginal speed from the limit speed Vmax(n). The marginal speed is set so as not to exceed the limit speed during the fixed speed running at the maximum speed. Thus, for example, if the marginal speed is set to 3 km/h, when the limit speed is 100 km/h, 97 km/h is set to the target speed.
 [0085]In Step 104a, the processing is performed with respect to the following two items:
 (1) The simulation of the train running is performed using the target speed which is set at present to calculate the running time T and the consumed energy E. At the same time, the combination data of the target speeds at that time, and the running curve data which are expressed by the relationship between the running position and the speed are temporarily stored.
 (2) The target speed of the nth limit speed territory which is set at present is expressed by V(n). Then, the target speed of that territory is set to V(n)  _{E}V which is obtained by reducing the target speed by the small value _{E}V, to perform the simulation of the train running. Thus, the running time T' and the consumed energy E' are calculated. Then, the following approximate expression is calculated.
 [0086]Now, when the running pattern of the limit speed is that as shown in Fig. 4, the calculation method of the running time T and the consumed energy E is as follows.
 [0087]The running pattern of the train is supposed in such a way that in the acceleration running, the acceleration by the maximum accelerating force is switched over to the fixed speed running, and in the deceleration running, the deceleration by the normal maximum braking is switched over to the fixed speed running. At this time, by determining the train running plan it means that determining the target speed in each of the limit speed territories.
 [0088]Then, if the drive force characteristics and the deceleration characteristics corresponding to the speed v are expressed by Tq(v) and Tb(v), respectively, the equation of motion of the train is given by:
 [0089]Incidentally, although it is assumed that with respect to the train running, the acceleration running is performed in accordance with Tq(v) and the deceleration running is performed in accordance with Tb(v), the control in the fixed speed running is performed in the following manner. The lower limit ΔVI and the upper limit ΔVu of the error between the present speed v and the target speed V(n) are set. Then, the control in the fixed speed running is performed in accordance with the following relationship.
 v < V(n)  ΔVI : accleration due to Tq(v)
 V(n)  ΔVI < v < V(n) + AVu : coasting (Fm(v) = 0)
 V(n) + ΔVu v : deceleration due to Tb(v)
 [0090]After the completion of the above processing, in Step 105a, with the target speed being equal to the initial setting value which is set in Step 103a (i.e., in the first calculation), the schedule time (= the estimated time of arrival  the starting time) is compared with the running time which is calculated by the simulation.
 [0091]By the case where the running time is larger than the schedule time, it means that in the case where the train is too late for the schedule time at any high speed. In such a case, the input data are abnormal. Then, the processing for obtaining the optimal target speed is completed (Step 106a). Then, the completion of this processing is displayed on the CRT 210.
 [0092]In the case where the running time is smaller than the schedule time, the calculation result of "the schedule time  the running time" and the allowable error 6T are compared with each other (Step 107a). When the difference therebetween is smaller than the allowable error 6T, the formation of the end condition is established. In this case, the combination data of the target speeds and the running curve data both of which are temporarily stored are stored in the running plan data file 204 (Step 108a). Then, the processing for obtaining the optimal train running method is completed (Step 109a).
 [0093]On the other hand, when the difference therebetween is more than the allowable errors 6T, the processing for changing the target speed is performed (Step 110a). Then, the target speed in the territory having the positive and maximum p(n) is reduced by unit quantity, e.g., 1 km/h. After the subsequent target speed is newly set, a series of processing beginning from Step 104a are repeated.
 [0094]With respect to the method of changing the target speed in Step 110a, in addition to the abovementioned method, there are various ones which will subsequently be listed.
 (1) A first method is such that as described on referring to the equation (4), p as the vector is used, its unit vector ρ/ρ is obtained, the target speed is moved along the direction of that unit vector by unit quantity, and in the territory where the target velocity exceeds the limit speed, that target speed is not changed.
 (2) A second method is such that since in the above method (1), the target speed will be increased in any territory having the negative p(n), p where p(n) = 0 is set to that territory is used.
 (3) A third method is such that since in the method described in the present embodiment and the above methods (1) and (2), there is the possibility that the increasing of the running time corresponding to the change of the target speed per unit quantity is large and thus it may not be suitably within the range of the allowable error, when approaching the running time set in advance, the target speed is changed to decrease the unit quantity.
 [0095]Thus, in the method of producing a train running plan according to the second embodiment, the target speed in each of the limit speed territories is obtained for obtaining the train running plan, and the combination of the optimal target speeds is obtained by utilizing the ratio of the decreasing of the consumed energy to the increasing of the running time in the change of the target speed. Therefore, the number of parameters used for determining the target speed can be decreased and the computation time becomes less in comparison with the case of the method of obtaining the optimal running method over all the territories, such as the dynamic planning. Moreover, the present method can be applied to the running pattern using the arbitrary limit speed. Further, since it is unnecessary to search for the minimum target speed within the limited area, the amount of calculation becomes less in comparison with the solution by the nonlinear planning.
 [0096]The third embodiment of the present invention will be described. The third embodiment is arranged in such a way that when the limit speed of the train is changed, the running plan is corrected so that the running time becomes the previously determined running time. Incidentally, as the system arrangement for carrying out the method of producing a train running plan of the third embodiment, that shown in Fig. 11 is used. Therefore, the description of the system arrangement is omitted here for brevity. Then, only the features of the third embodiment will hereinafter be described with reference to Fig. 17.
 [0097]In Step 101b, the data of the starting position and the ending position of the limit speed changing territory (the territory 5 in Fig. 3A), and the change value of the limit speed are inputted.
 [0098]In Step 102b, it is judged whether or not the change of the limit speed of the limit speed changing territory influences upon the target speed of that territory, i.e., whether or not that target speed is allowed in the newly set limit speed.
 [0099]In the case of no influence thereupon, it is unnecessary to change the target speed, and thus the processing is completed (Step 103b). In the case where the influence is more or less present, a series of processing beginning from the Step 104b are carried out in the following manner.
 [0100]Now, the preparation for giving the description of the series of processing from Step 104b will hereinunder be performed.
 [0101]Fig. 18, Fig. 19, Fig. 20 and Fig. 21 are enlarged views of the territories 5 through 7 shown in Fig. 3A and Fig. 3B. Fig. 18 and Fig. 20 relate to the speed and Fig. 19 and Fig. 21 relate to the running time density. Incidentally, it is assumed that the grade is zero over all the territories. The reason for setting the grade to zero was already decreased.
 [0102]Fig. 18 and Fig. 19 show the running plan before the reduction of the limit speed of the territory 5, and Fig. 20 and Fig. 21 show the running plan after the reduction of the limit speed of the territory 5. In these figures, it is assumed that the limit speed of the territory n is V_{MAX},_{n}, the inverse number of V_{MAx,i} is X_{MAX},_{i}, the target speed is Vn, the inverse number of Vn is Xn, the starting position of the territory is x_{n}, and the position where the switching over to the fixed speed running occurs is ξ_{n}. In Fig. 20 and Fig. 21, the change value is distinguished from the original value in Fig. 18 and Fig. 19 by putting "'" to the original value as shown in the form of ξ'.
 [0103]In Step 104b, the target speed Vs' of the territory 5 where the limit speed is reduced is set to the maximum speed as fast as the train runs through the territory 5. This setting is performed for the purpose of recovering the delay as soon as possible to reduce the acceleration in the territory 6. Then, as the margianl speed which is set so as not to exceed the limit speed in the running is expressed by ov, and then the target speed is set in accordance with the relationship of Vs' = V_{MAX},_{5}'  ov. If the limit speed is 100 km/h for example, the marginal speed 6v is set to about 3 km/h.
 [0104]In Step 105b, it is judged whether or not the limit speed territory is present between the target speed changing territory, i.e., in this case, the territory 5 where the target speed is changed by the change of the limit speed, and the following station. In the case of absence of such a territory, there is no room for correction, and it is impossible to carry out the scheduled operation up to the following station (Step 106b).
 [0105]In the case of presence of the limit speed territory, the processing proceeds to Step 107b. In Step 107b, it is judged whether or not the scheduled operation can be performed as the result of the correction of the target speed of the territory 6. The detail description will hereinbelow be given with respect to the judgement in Step 107b.
 [0106]The running time T_{1} of the territories 5 through 7 shown in Fig. 18 and Fig. 19 is expressed by the following equation using the equation (14) as already described.
 [0107]The calculation of the running time T_{2} of the territories 5 through 7 shown in Fig. 20 and Fig. 21 will subsequently be performed. Now, the target speed V_{6}' in the territory 6 is uncertain. Then, that target speed is determined so that the relationship of T_{2} = T_{1} is established.
 [0108]Then, T_{2} is calculated while leaving V_{6}' being an unknown quantity. Therefore, T_{2} is a function of V_{6}'. Then, while ξ_{6}' and £_{7}' are also unknown quantities, they are uniquely determined if V_{6}' is determined. By using the equations (14) and (17), the following expression is obtained.
 [0109]V_{6}' to be obtained can be calculated as the root of φ(V_{i}) = T_{2}(V_{6}')T_{1} from the numerical calculation by utilizing the Netwon's method or the like.
 [0110]In the case where the solution of φ(V_{6}') = 0 is present, it is judged in Step 107b that it is possible to perform the scheduled operation. At this time, the target speeds V_{5} and V_{6} are corrected to Vs' and V_{6}', respectively, to complete the processing (Step 108b). The resultant target speeds are displayed on the CRT 210. With the running curve, the data of the territories (the territories 5 through 7) where the correction occurs are replaced with those of the running curve (p(x) in Fig. 7 and q(x) in Fig. 8) when the grade is zero.
 [0111]In the case of absence of the solution of φ(V_{6}') = 0, it is judged in Step 107b that it is impossible to perform the scheduled operation by only the correction of the territories 5 and 6. At this time, in the same manner as in Vs', V_{6}' is also set to the maximum speed as fast as the train runs through the territory 6 (Step 109b). Then, the processing is returned to the Step 105b to perform the calculation for obtaining V_{7}'.
 [0112]In the abovementioned algorithum, in the case where the correction is necessary for the fairly foward territories such as the territories 7 and 8, the amount of calculation is increased so that the calculation requires much time. However, since the target speed of the nearest territory is set to the maximum speed as fast as the train runs through that territory, the predetermined calculation may be completed during the running through that territory. Thus, there is no problem in practical use.
 [0113]As described above, according to the method of correcting a train running plan of the third embodiment, the data which are calculated in advance by the simulation and the like are used to perform the calculation of the running time, thereby to perform the correction of the running plan. Therefore, even when the change of the limit speed occurs temporarily, the running plan can be corrected in a realtime manner.
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