The main aim of the FR8RAIL project is the development of functional requirements for sustainable and attractive European rail freight.
The objectives of the project are:
The objectives of the FR8RAIL project will be achieved by developing a number of vital areas within freight rail.
There are six main areas of work that form the backbone of this project’s approach;
WP1 - Business analytics, KPIs, top level requirementsThe objectives are as follows:
Identification of Market Segments and its requirements in the transport market to defend and expand the market share of freight rail business.
Development of high level technical specifications
Development of Key Performance Indicators for the whole IP 5 ProgrammeWP2 - Prediction based and predictive maintenanceThe objective of this work package is to:
Develop an overall condition based and predictive maintenance strategy for rail freight rolling stock (locomotives and wagons) in alignment with all overall Shift2Rail targets.
Define new roles (e.g. reliability engineering) and responsibilities (e.g. technical support) in the interaction of the area asset, fleet and maintenance management.
Develop a condition based and predictive maintenance program based on specific locomotives and based on a number of components.WP3 - Telematics & electrificationThe objective of this work package is the development of telematics technologies (including hardware, software and algorithms), which will provide essential input information for different applications such as condition based and predictive maintenance, logistic services, traffic management, real time network management and intelligent gate terminals. The development comprises a wagon On-Board Unit, different modules of a wagon and cargo monitoring system for maintenance and logistic purposes, systems for on board and wayside communication.
The wOBU (Wagon On-board unit ) and referenced components focused at this stage will be the basis for being able to implement applications, such as automatic train set-up functionalities as well as a technical solution to provide information about the train (train integrity and end of train (EoT)) to the Traffic Management System (TMS).WP4 - Running gear, core and extended market wagon24This work package will create the framework and functional requirements for the development of a track friendly, low weight, low noise high speed Running Gear capable to run under standard wagon bodies and the freight wagons 2020 State of the art technologies and relevant research activities regarding all relevant aspects of freight transport will be compiled.
Initial investigations on vehicle-track interaction (vehicle dynamics, wheel-rail wear and damage, etc.) and strength will be carried out. Next, life cycle costs (LCC) will be assessed according to the KPIs developed in WP1 (interaction with Universal Cost Model from Roll2Rail) resulting in a prioritised concept.
In the final stage of the project this prioritized concept will be further developed as basis for the development of a technical demonstrator of the next generation Running Gear and Core Market Wagon.
A further focus of the project will be set on optimizing the acoustic and aerodynamic characteristics of the wagon design. .
Acoustic and aero acoustic noise sources will be identified and evaluated for potential reduction. WP5 - Automatic couplingAutomatic coupling is one of the key technologies needed to meet the expectations of a sustainable and attractive European rail freight in the future by providing higher load capacity and intelligence in the operation.
The objectives of this WP are:
To define the technical requirements of the automatic coupler integrating all the requested functionalities in order to achieve a common basis for the development of an European-wise solution.
To define a migration strategy to introduce the automatic couplers in the freight market based on a cost benefit analysis.WP6 - High level system architecture and integrationThis work package is focused in two areas;
the information system (which combines telematics applications and condition based and predictive maintenance), and
The technical and process systems (which includes running gear, core and new market wagons, and automatic couplings). The objective for this WP is the alignment and synchronization of the high level system architectures (information systems and technical and process systems) between each WP to ensure an overall picture and enable the future integration of the developed subsystems among them and with other systems in other projects within the Shift2Rail. WP7 - Dissemination
WP8 - Management
This is an overview of the results from FR8RAIL.
A project summary from the mid-term conference at TRA in Vienna in 2018.
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On 18th of April 2018 FR8RAIL 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.
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