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Innovative Welding Processes for New Rail Infrastructures

WRIST

Innovative Welding Processes for New Rail Infrastructures

Call for proposal: 
H2020-MG-2014_TwoStages
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

WRIST will develop and demonstrate flexible and cost effective joining processes for rail products, and in particular for advanced bainitic rail steels, which have been developed to answer the increasing demands of increasing speed and growth of railway’s load. This will be delivered by the combined development of the joining processes itself, welding experiments, computational modelling, material and joint characterisation and testing, using laboratory tests and full-scale field testing in industrial or commercial test tracks. The project will offer a step change in the joint performance and reliability providing an extended in-service life for a range of rail materials, therefore resulting in a significant cost reduction in maintenance of the track, also freeing up more capacity for rail traffic.

 

New variants of the aluminothermic and orbital friction welding processes will be developed, which will both reduce the width of the heat affected zone and minimise the loss of mechanical properties in the weld zone. These innovations will enable the use of bainitic rail steels which will deliver an increased reliability, a longer lifetime of the rails and welds combined with a reduction of the maintenance cost.

 

The project addresses the specific call topics by:

  • Development and application of advanced joining technologies, able to join conventional and bainitic rail steels with a higher quality and reliability, to meet the more stringent infrastructure requirements imposed by increased speed and load, resulting in less maintenance and a longer track lifetime.
  • Reduction of maintenance cost and life cycle cost of the rail and welds, due to less repair welding associated with a higher weld quality and the longer track lifetime.
  • Increased availability of the track; less unforeseen maintenance.
  • Profit for users: less disruptions and a higher safety level.
  • Use of a more environmental friendly and energy efficient joining techniques.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Lead Organisation: 

Belgisch Instituut Voor Lastechniek Vzw

Address: 
ANTOON VAN OSSLAAN 1-4
1120 BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€573,644
Partner Organisations: 

Goldschmidt Thermit Gmbh

Address: 
HUGO LICHT STRASSE 3
04109 LEIPZIG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€852,000

Id2 Bv

Address: 
ZWAANSWEG 9
4247 EX KEDICHEM
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€227,188

Jackweld Limited

Address: 
FORGE DRIVE 20
ESHER
KT10 0HR
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€781,250

Prorail B.v.

Address: 
MOREELSEPARK 3
2038 NL-3511 EP UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€56,439

Arttic

Address: 
58A rue du Dessous des Berges
75013 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€293,750

The University Of Huddersfield

Address: 
Queensgate
Huddersfield
HD13DH
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€249,270

Denys Nv

Address: 
INDUSTRIEWEG 124
9032 WONDELGEM
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€477,099

Technische Universiteit Delft

Address: 
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2600 GA Delft
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€274,944

Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola Ab

Address: 
-
41296 GOTHENBURG
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€402,774
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