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NEXT generation methods, concepts and solutions for the design of robust and sustainable running GEAR

NEXTGEAR

NEXT generation methods, concepts and solutions for the design of robust and sustainable running GEAR

Call for proposal: 
H2020-S2RJU-OC-2019
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

The rail sector has recently seen only limited changes in running gear. A reason is that innovations have the tendency to increase the first cost of the running gear while they reduce the LCC by reduce maintenance costs. The long-term cost reduction, however, is not easy to quantify.

This dilemma will be addressed in WP1 where an updated Universal Cost Model based on the one from the Roll2Rail project will be developed that makes it possible to judge the economic impact of the innovation suggested for an operator using the vehicle. How can the costs for buying, operating and maintaining the vehicle be influenced?

Lower bogie weight would reduce wheel-rail forces and allow for higher payload. In WP2, the project is going to suggest ideas that are based both on the use of new materials and new manufacturing methods. Simulation techniques will be explored to allow optimisation of designs. It will be investigated whether required properties of the running gear such as stiffness and damping could be distributed through the structure rather than requiring specific components. In parallel, active control strategies will be investigated to improve the level of ride comfort or reduce wheel and rail damage.

The wheelset is another extremely important and safety-critical component in a rail vehicle. Since it represents a so-called “unsuspended mass” there is a desire to minimize the wheelset weight. The main objective of WP3 is a feasibility study on the use of composite materials for the construction of railway wheelsets. Technology concepts for a lightweight wheelset will be defined. Main focus areas are material selection, durability, manufacturing process and joining methods.

The output of this project will be important input for the parallel member project in IP1 both regarding the Cost Model and the technical innovations. There will also be a contribution to the overall S2R KPI’s and partly IP3.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Lead Organisation: 

Union Des Industries Ferroviaires Europeennes - Unife

Address: 
AVENUE LOUISE 221
1050 BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€159,500
Partner Organisations: 

Dellner Dampers Aktiebolag

Address: 
INDUSTRIVAGEN 5
64222 FLEN
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€40,000

Technische Universitaet Graz

Address: 
Rechbauerstrasse
8010 Graz
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€92,223

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan

Address: 
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€357,938

Bercella Srl

Address: 
VIA ENZO FERRARI 10
43040 VARANO DE MELEGARI
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€188,500

Metro De Madrid Sa

Address: 
Calle Cavanilles 58
28007 MADRID
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€204,993

Autoritatea Feroviara Romana

Address: 
Calea Grivitei 393 Sector 1
10719 Bucuresti
Romania
EU Contribution: 
€23,688

Statens Geotekniska Institut

Address: 
Olaus Magnus Vag 35
58193 Linkoping
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€90,750

Rina Consulting Spa

Address: 
VIA SAN NAZARO 19
16145 GENOVA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€227,500

University Of Leeds

Address: 
Institute For Transport Studies, University Of Leeds, 41 University Road
Leeds
LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€152,688

Politecnico Di Milano

Address: 
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€269,113

The University Of Nottingham

Address: 
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€116,513

Neat Srl

Address: 
Via Edoardo D'Onofrio 304
00155 ROMA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€183,125

Universitas Nebrissensis Sa

Address: 
CD RESIDENCIAL BERZOSA
28240 HOYO DE MANZANARES
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€164,688

Lucchini Rs Spa

Address: 
Via Oberdan 6/a
25128 Brescia
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€113,750

University Of Huddersfield

Address: 
QUEENSGATE
HUDDERSFIELD
HD1 3DH
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€188,913
Technologies: 
Development phase: