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Innovative Technologies for Inspecting Carbodies and for Development of Running Gear

Objective

The success of the European rail system to foster the modal shift towards rail requires cost-efficient and reliable long-lasting trains. GEARBODIES contributes to this effort by improving the efficiency of rolling stock maintenance in close collaboration with the ongoing CFM-IP1-01-2019 (PIVOT2).
To achieve the above, GEARBODIES follows a twofold approach: extending overhaul periods and improving maintenance processes. The extension of overhaul periods will be facilitated by developing high-performance and long-lifetime components for running gear. The improvement of maintenance processes will be boosted by developing innovative NDT technologies to optimise inspection processes for lightweight carbody shells.
GEARBODIES will design and prototype several elastomer-metal running gear components, suitable for serial production, based on high-performance new elastomer formulations and existing elastomers not yet applied in rolling stock elements. In addition, the project will also explore innovative technologies for the development of low LCC bearings. New lubrication solutions, new materials for races and rollers, novel polymers for cages and the effects of new bearing geometries will be researched, among which the most feasible ones will be integrated in a new bearing design and prototyped.
GEARBODIES will develop an innovative modular platform to reduce the inspection time of lightweight carbody shells. The platform will incorporate tailored thermography and ultrasonic inspection systems and will facilitate the automated detection and assessment of defects throughout the thickness of the shell by using a customed software module.
GEARBODIES will benefit form a strong multidisciplinary consortium, made of 13 partners from 8 countries, committed to the mentioned actions towards maximisation of the project's impact.

Call for proposal

H2020-S2RJU-OC-2020
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Funding Scheme

Shift2Rail-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EURNEX e. V.
Address
Hardenbergstrasse 12
10623 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 199 500

Participants (12)

SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 562,50
Address
Industriestr 1-3
91074 Herzogenaurach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 286 250
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Activity type
Research Organisations
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 299 281,25
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 875
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 72 062,50
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 62 312,50
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AKKA I&S
France
EU contribution
€ 309 000
Address
892 Rue Yves Kermen
92100 Boulogne-billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 312 250
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VILNIAUS GEDIMINO TECHNIKOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 110 062,50
Address
Sauletekio Al 11
10223 Vilnius
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 79 062,50
Address
Avenue Louise 221
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
DASEL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 234 375
Address
Cl Doctor Esquerdo 39
28028 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOCIETE ANONYME DE CAOUTCHOUC TECHNIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 106 375
Address
41 Rue Jean Jaures
15210 Ydes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)