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Intelligent wheelsets for the trains of the future: the role of in-service wheel-rail force measurement

Summary - The European rail sector has a strong interest in innovations for monitoring the operational condition of a running vehicle. Many high technology systems can lead up to future rail systems relying on “intelligent vehicles”. This document describes the conceptual development of a monitoring system based on FEM calculations. The system uses signals from wheel-fitted transducers. The signals are processed with the main aim of increasing design and maintenance effectiveness through a better knowledge of in-service loads, supporting predictive maintenance through the early identification of faults, and identifying safety hazards.

  • Ottobre
Num. 10
Pag. 701