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Innovative Welding Processes for New Rail Infrastructures

Objective

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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2014_TwoStages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

BELGISCH INSTITUUT VOOR LASTECHNIEK VZW
Address
Antoon Van Osslaan 1
1120 Brussel
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 573 643,63

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 249 269,99
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 274 943,75
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PRORAIL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 56 438,75
Address
Moreelsepark 3
3511 EP Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GOLDSCHMIDT THERMIT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 851 999,63
Address
Hugo Licht Strasse 3
04109 Leipzig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DENYS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 477 098,75
Address
Industrieweg 124
9032 Wondelgem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Jackweld Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 781 250
Address
Forge Drive 20
KT10 0HR Esher
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 402 773,75
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ID2 BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 227 187,50
Address
Zwaansweg 9
4247 EX Kedichem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 293 750
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)