R/C combination – Type 8970

For residual current devices(RCD) in DC railway power systems, in accordance with VDV 509 10/08


The triggering behaviour of the RCD protective switches can be affected by possible compensation DC currents and the earth conductor (PE) and neutral conductor (N) placed at risk.

The German Verband öffentlicher Verkehrsbetriebe (Association of Public Transport Operators), today the Verband Deutscher Verkehrsbetriebe ­(Association of German Transport Operator)(VDV), has tackled this problem in the VDV 509 10/08 technical series. The basis was the concluding report of the Wuppertal Technical Academy, »Investigation of protective measures against presence or persistence of excessively high contact voltages in electrical operating systems when different types of current meet.«

RCD protective switches (small automatic interrupters) may only be used if the stipulations of VDE 0100, VDE 0115 and VDE 0664 are complied with. In accordance with VDE 0100 Part 410, there must be devices within the system that prevent DC voltages of more than 120 V from arising or persisting between the various earthing systems (see also brochure sheet 8901).

A corresponding R/C combination such as the type 8970 is added to protect the earth (PE) wire against return currents from the train.

The connection example on the other side of this sheet shows the principle of this function. The 8970 030 R/C combination complies with the requirements for small RCD automatic interrupters with a nominal trigger value of 30 mA for fault current, and the 8970 300 version has a nominal trigger value of 300 mA.
The R/C combination is completely encapsulated and has strands of 1m/0,3m in length for connection. The combinations have a snap-type fastener for simpler installation on the carrying rail.

See VDV 509 10/08 for further details and information.

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