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Wheelset Integrated Design and Effective Maintenance

Objective

The economic efficiency and competitiveness of the rail transportation mode depends on safety, availability and maintenance of its individual highly loaded structure components such as railway wheelsets. The WIDEM project aims to improve efficiency and competitiveness through a fundamental re-examination of wheelset design, which in turn will facilitate improved maintenance practices. Combining inputs from reliable service measurement of wheel-rail forces carried out by means of an innovative instrumented wheelset and extensive assessment of actual material properties, an original endurance strength design concept will be developed and validated through a comprehensive testing programme on full scale wheelset prototypes.

A flexible numerical tool is also proposed as an upgrading of existing knowledge. Additionally, the project will develop and evaluate alternative NOT (non-destructive testing) techniques that allow a greatly increased detection probability and a size estimation of cracks to set up a schedule for NOT periodicity inspection. The research work will lead to the definition of wheelset design procedures and maintenance methods to be implemented into existing standards for quick and easy optimisation of the process.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-TRANSPORT-3
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Coordinator

LUCCHINI SIDERMECCANICA SPA
Address
Via Oberdan 1/2
Brescia
Italy

Participants (9)

UNION OF EUROPEAN RAILWAY INDUSTRIES
Belgium
Address
221 Avenue Louise
Bruxelles
ALSTOM FERROVIARIA SPA
Italy
Address
Via Ottavio Moreno, 23
Savigliano (Cn)
DYNAMICS, STRUCTURES & SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL
Belgium
Address
Jules Vandenbemptlaan 71
Heverlee
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
Munchen
MICROSYSTEMS SRL
Italy
Address
Via Oldofredi 41
Milano
MALMTRAFIK I KIRUNA AB
Sweden
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci, 32
Milano
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Granta Park, Great Abington
Cambridge
CZECH RAILWAYS - RAILWAY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Czechia
Address
Novodvorska 1698
Praha 4 - Branik