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Development of Novel Inspection Systems for Railway Wheelsets

Development of Novel Inspection Systems for Railway Wheelsets

Objective

The contribution of the rail industry to the economic growth of the EU member states is widely acknowledged. Very recently, the European rail industry has started showing signs of recovery after a long period of steady decline. The technological advances in train design during the last few decades have led to the manufacturing of faster and more comfortable trains making rail transport a more attractive option for passengers in comparison to other means of transportation. The need for the society to employ greener transportation policies is expected to further enhance the role of rail transport in the global economy. Today rail networks across Europe are getting busier with trains travelling at higher speeds, carrying more passengers and heavier axle loads than ever before. The combination of these factors has put considerable pressure on the existing infrastructure, leading to increased demands in inspection and maintenance of rail assets. The expenditure for inspection and maintenance has thus, grown steadily over the last few years without however being followed by a significant improvement of the industry’s safety records. A large proportion of all equipment related accidents in the rail industry is due to failed train wheels and axles. The continuous increase in train operating speeds means that catastrophic failure of a wheel or axle may result in very serious derailments, such as the one that took place in Eschede, Germany in 1998, causing loss of life, injuries, severe disruption in the operation of the network, damage to the tracks, unnecessary costs, and loss of confidence in rail transport by the general public. SAFERAIL seeks to minimise wheelset failures by developing and successfully implementing a novel on-line system for the inspection of wheels and axles of moving trains, and a combined ultrasonic-electromagnetic system for faster and more reliable inspection of the quality of new and old wheelsets during their production and maintenance.
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TWI LIMITED

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Granta Park Great Abington
Cb21 6al Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 675 000

Administrative Contact

Kerry Peddar (Ms.)

Participants (10)

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TECHNICAL SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 253 750

INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 384 882

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 402 500

MISTRAS GROUP HELLAS ANONYMOS BIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 278 300

ALFA PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 392 618

Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 139 300

Feldman Enterprises Limited

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 169 150

VTG Rail UK Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 83 500

EMEF, SA - Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário, SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 113 500

SNCF MOBILITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 107 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218674

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2011

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 448 701,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 000 000

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

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