The project aim is to enhance Railway Vehicles Centre of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Kraljevo (University of Kragujevac, Serbia) potentials for railway vehicles research according to contemporary industry needs. The Centre is leading Serbian institution in the field of railway vehicles investigation and testing, providing research and development services to Serbian wagon factories (major Serbian wagon factory is also at Kraljevo) and Serbian Railways (national railway operator). It has also developed regional co-operation with other Balkan countries, and is, for its research experience, partner in current FP6 project “RRTC” for establishing regional railway transport research and education institution. Recent requests for research activities are focused to investigation of railway vehicles dynamics and investigation of fatigue of railway vehicles structures and components. The project aim is to support Railway Vehicles Center to respond to those needs through realization of three objectives: 1) improvement of knowledge and skills of research stuff through exchange of know-how and experience with prominent research centers in EU 2) acquisition of new research equipment that will complement present equipment for investigation of quasi-static and dynamic properties of railway vehicles; 3) definition of common research programmes with some of the leading EU research centers in respective area leading to development of strategic partnerships with this institutions. After achieving project goals, the Centre will be able to become integrated part of ERA as well as to provide response to needs of railway vehicles industry in Serbia and Balkan region.
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