In line with the objectives of IP 5 and expected results presented in MAAP (chapter 5.2), the FR8HUB consortium will contribute to the overall objectives in the following way:
Increasing capacity by 10 % through:
WP1 - Migration planThe overall migration plan will provide a vision by giving guidance for the market introduction and European wide roll-out of the different technologies and solutions that will be developed in IP5. Therefore, technological migration plans will be developed for key technologies and solutions carried out in TD 5.1 -TD 5.6. With the overall vision of digitalisation and automation of rail freight, the migration plan will provide a reasonable timeline with logically steps for the market uptake of the new solutions which can be used as a guideline for the European freight sector. The plan will also provide information on connections/dependencies between TDs/key technologies to further shape the market uptake scenarios on the one hand and show related benefits for shippers, operators and customers on the other hand. To determine short-term wins for shippers, customers and operators available results of the Smart Rail project will be considered. WP2 - Condition based maintenance for wagon bogiesWheel flatness, ovalisation and poligonisation, degradation of suspension, and degradation of bearings are considered the most critical failures (probability x cost), which trigger wagon maintenance. State of the art technology can capture physical variables to monitor their performance; however, there are not cost-effective solutions connected with reference values capable of providing recommendation and alarms to trigger maintenance action. One of the bottlenecks is the development of algorithms adapted to specific sensors and the integration of the data within a maintenance information system. The objectives are:
Specification of sensors selected for the monitoring of physical parameters, which will early inform about most typical failures of wagon components and development of ad-hoc algorithms for identification of health status and degradation trends.
Laboratory tests to acquire data of the failure of the wagon components to be monitored.
Synchronization of measured values in position in the vehicle and the route, and timing. This will allow the filtering of externally generated noise that might trigger false alarms, e.g. squats or rail corrugation might be perceived as a failure in the axle bearing.
For a commercially attractive solution, it is required the use of wireless communication system with low power and low data rate, therefore it is necessary the development of efficient pre-processing and compression of information.
Field test campaign of the design covered in this WP will be carried out.WP3 - Real time network management and simulation of increasing speed for freight trainsThis work package will develop methods for improved interaction between network management and yard management and evaluate the effect on line capacity.
The objectives are:
Scanning of innovations and actions to increase overall speed of freight trains by improved train performance with economic evaluation, processes and automation. We will investigate both improvements in planning and operational processes and in the effects of improved railway technology from a system perspective.
Simulation of faster freight trains for important and mixed traffic bottleneck railway lines in Sweden and Germany with the aim to harmonize speed and increase capacity and punctuality.
Definition of a Data-Exchange Platform to improve the management and process for freight trains including data exchange, traffic information and traffic simulations between infrastructure managers and freight transport stakeholders
To develop Improved methods in connecting yards/terminals and network. The main goal will be to create a high level model about freight capacity in yards/terminals – network.WP4 - Intelligent video gate (IVG)The growth of intermodal transport is one of the success factors for shifting cargo from road to rail. Today terminal infrastructure operates in peak times at the limit of its capacity. Despite the implementation of several order management systems for terminals there are still lots of physical checks and manual data collection necessary. With the Intelligent video gate (IVG) the project partners want to initiate the next logical step to a higher automation of terminals. IVG will focus on train in- and outbound recognition, visual documentation and transfer of automatically recognized intermodal loading units (ILU) data as well as wagon data.
The objectives are:
Replacement of manual physical checks and manual data collection through identification of ILU and wagon. This identification will be based on optical and RFID recognition where suitable.
Automated analysis of data differences between recognized data and pre-advised data from the train (beyond the core information this could include automatic train inspection, classification and identification of trains system where applicable).
Data integration for user specific communication through integrated IT-system architecture.WP5 - Hybridisation of legacy shuntersHybridisation of the legacy shunting fleets should be sought in order to quickly react to the competitive pressure from other modes, by reducing lifecycle cost and defending rail freight’s position as the most environmentally friendly mode of transport. Accordingly, this work package aims at developing guidelines, technical concepts and design studies for implementation of a modular hybrid concept for legacy shunting locomotives including technical validation concepts.
The foreseen research activities in Work Package 5 ‘hybridisation of shunting legacy fleets’ and its follow-up activities are expected to:
reduce the implementation time and enhancing the cost competitiveness for environmentally friendly innovation;
improve the ecological footprint and lifecycle cost of Diesel shunters;
increase the flexibility and freight operational efficiency.WP6 - Freight Loco of the futureThis work package aims at defining and developing concepts, systems and subsystems of future freight locomotives for a maximum improvement of the energy efficiency of the locomotive alone, in the train consist or within a fleet.
The objectives are:
Evaluate and design innovative powerful and energy efficient last mile propulsion concepts, for main line freight locomotives that will lead to a significant improvement of energy efficiency for the operator and will reduce the need for inefficient shunting locomotives.
Study, specify and design innovative subsystems (, energy storage unit, and energy management system) for efficient hybrid locomotives to improve overall energy efficiency, increase performances (power boost) of the locomotives, and enable the operation in autonomous electric mode.
Specify and develop cost effective concepts for small and decentralized energy storage systems for a further improvement of the overall energy efficiency, allowing to implement start stop functionalities, reducing auxiliary consumption using harvested braking energy
Study the implementation of power peak shaving concepts for a complete fleet using fleet wide real-time information about energy consumption, intelligent auxiliary management and powerful mission managers, including track topologies and speed profiles, for further improved locomotive performance.WP7 - Project ManagementWP8 - Dissemination
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FR8HUB includes 8 work packages. The focus of work package 4 is to develop Intelligent Video Gate (IVG). The gate reads information and takes pictures of the trains going through it to check for defects and wear. This is currently a manual process and the goal of IVG is to initiate automation of terminals.
FR8HUB is made up of eight work packages (WP). Work package three focuses on developing methods to improve the interaction between the network and the freight depots and to assess the impact of this on line capacity.
Linköping University has developed an algorithm which takes into consideration the train’s need for timetable time, in other words the train path, and the impact of the train path on other trains and the robustness of the system.
The scheduled and actual departure times of freight trains often differ. As a result, the delayed train can disrupt other traffic and reduce the capacity of the line. Therefore, the second scenario concerned different traffic management options and rescheduling freight trains. A study was carried out into how freight trains can be rescheduled to minimise disruption to other traffic and also how departures from freight depots can be made more predictable.
The Shift2Rail Innovation Days were held on 22 to 23 October. This is an event that focuses on the European rail system and the innovations that can be introduced to improve and develop it.
The final results of the FR8HUB project were presented by the Swedish Transport Administration together with Deutsche Bahn and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology during the session: Technologies for Sustainable & Attractive European Freight.
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On the 25th of September 2019 the final conference of the Shift2rail project OptiYard was held in Paris. The work of OptiYard focused on optimized real-time yard and network management systems that help to improve the capacity and service reliability of railways.
A lot of interested participants attended the conference, and among them, the project coordinator of FR8HUB. Jan Bergstrand and Nicklas Blidberg presented the links between FR8HUB and OptiYard, as well as how the two projects have cooperated.
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Expectations were high when the prototype from FR8HUB was first demonstrated at the Shift2Rails booth during Innotrans 2018. Intelligent Video Gate, as the demonstration showed, is a key technique being developed at FR8HUB and, when it’s ready to be implemented, will bring a significant increase in efficiency to the work currently done at terminals.
Video of the prototype demonstration.
Together with its Members, Shift2Rail is showcasing more than 20 cutting-edge solutions for a ground-breaking transformation of railway systems at InnoTrans in Berlin from 18-21 September.
FR8HUB will be present on Thursday 20th and will present a first view of the concept Intelligent Video Gate, find our program here.
Come and visit us on Stand 203, Hall 4.2
On 18th of April 2018 FR8HUB will be present during the “Shift Freight to Rail” event by Shift2Rail in Vienna, Austria. This event is aimed at potential customers using rail. Please find the draft agenda below. To register for the event please follow this reservation link. Because of the catering and meeting rooms EVERYBODY has to register, including speakers and project members.