The aim of the proposed GEARBODIES project is to develop new inspection methods and technology for the inspection of new materials in carbody applications, and to employ innovative approaches for developing novel concepts with enhanced lifetime for key running gear components.
The GEARBODIES project will work towards the development of cost-efficient and reliable trains by contributing with specific innovations identified by the call to Technology Demonstrators (TD) of Innovation Programme 1 (IP1) within Shift2Rail, through two dedicated work streams:
- Work Stream 1 (WS1): Inspection methods for carbodies using new materials (TD1.3) which aims to develop effective and affordable solutions for inspecting carbodies that are using new lightweight materials
- Work Stream 2 (WS2): Innovative approaches for developing running gear components (TD1.4) which aims to employ innovative approaches, tools and methods for developing novel concept designs of running gear components.
The two Work Streams of GEARBODIES will actively contribute to improving the efficiency, safety and competitiveness of the European railway sector by supporting the implementation and exploitation of innovative materials and practices, with profound impacts on the cost-efficiency and reliability of the sector, as well as on its energy consumption and infrastructure maintenance. Inspection time will be significantly reduced, while the use of new materials and systems will enable an increase in the lifetime of components and lower maintenance costs and LCC.
In addition, the GEARBODIES consortium will liaise and work together with Shift2Rail members to allow for correlating and/or implementing their innovations into the final technological demonstrators (TDs) namely: TD1.3 “Carbody Shell Demonstrator” for WS1 and TD 1.4 “Running Gear Demonstrator” for WS2, contributing thus to the overall Shift2Rail IP1 strategy.
GEARBODIES WS1 Specific Objectives: