Smart Rail Profile and Tribo Characteristics Measurement System

Research Overview:

The actual conditions at the wheel rail interface are uncertain in real train operations and their better understanding should benefit to the better friction management for a railway system. It leads to issue that rail owners are interested in continual management of their tribology and at best a once per day update would suffice.

The existing friction measurement equipment is commonly operated in a manual mode and it does not allow achieving the sufficient performance. In addition, the proposed system will benefit locomotive traction and train braking operations – or even manufacturers through the development of friction maps for heavy haul railway routes.