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Technologies for Sustainable & Attractive European Rail Freight

IP Coordinator: Norbert Kahl - DB

Overview


Topic:
S2R-CFM-IP5-01-2019
Total Project Value:
€ 13 061 601,01
Duration:
from 01/09/2019 to 30/06/2023
S2R (Of H2020) co-funding:
€ 5 804 575,49
Coordinator:
Patrick Seessle
DB CARGO AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Complementary projects:
Previous Project:

Objectives

The objective of the FR8RAIL III project is to further develop technologies relevant for the rail freight sector to reach the goals highlighted in the S2R Strategic Master Plan. The work is partly based on results achieved in the previous projects of the AWP 2015/167 (FFL4E, ARCC, FR8RAIL), the AWP 2017 (FR8HUB) and the AWP 2018 (FR8RAIL II) – as well as the open calls within IP5.

The general objectives of FR8RAIL III are:

  • to establish and develop - and ensure the effective and efficient implementation of - the S2R Master Plan, as referred to in Article 1(4) of the S2R Statutes;
  • contribute to the implementation of H2020 Regulation and in particular part of the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge under the Societal Challenges pillar of Decision No 2013/743/EU;
  • contribute to the achievement of the Single European Railway Area, to a faster and less costly transition to a more attractive, user-friendly (including for persons with reduced mobility), competitive, efficient and sustainable European rail system, and to the development of a strong and globally competitive European rail industry;
  • play a major role in rail-related research and innovation, ensuring coordination among projects within its overall Programme. It provides all stakeholders with relevant and available information on R&I activities funded across Europe. It shall also manage all rail-focused research and innovation actions co-funded by the Union;
  • actively promote the participation and close involvement of all relevant stakeholders from the full rail value chain and from outside the traditional rail industry. In particular, it fosters the involvement of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC (8);
  • develop demonstration projects in interested Member States including those that do not currently have a railway system established within their territory.

Project Structure



WP01 - Condition Based Maintenance

The overall goal of this work package is to scale the experience and especially the results from FR8RAIL I to more freight rail assets (rolling stock) and to identify new use cases which are on a European level. The findings and the learnings from previous projects should be used to further shape and improve the existing algorithms and patterns to deploy them and to increase the false positive rate.

  • Improve existing Use Cases and scale them on a European level
  • Find locomotive fleets from other countries where the existing use cases can be applied
  • Create synergies in related series
  • Create an advanced monitoring solution based on existing data and experience


WP02 - Real-Time Network Management

Real-time network management will improve operational process by improved methods and information support and human interaction. The research will reduce the gaps between timetable planning and operational traffic, and between yard management and network management.

The project will make a TRL 6 demonstration utilizing the integrated information platform developed in the project. The demonstration will include several important actors of the processes in scope, such as line planner, yard manager and arrival/departure yard planner. The aims of the demonstrations are both to show important actors the possibilities of integrated information platforms and also to get feedback on the provided concepts, use-cases and cooperation ideas. The objectives can be summarized as followed:
  • To automate sequential planning and efficient human interaction, overcoming the current lack of synergies when handling and sharing data among infrastructure managers, yard/terminal managers, railway undertakings and maintenance contractors.
  • To improve interaction and balancing capacity utilization between infrastructure managers, yard/terminal managers, railway undertakings and maintenance contractors
  • To reduce the gap between timetable planning and operational traffic.  
To develop a demonstrator and perform demonstration in TRL 6. To assess the maturity of planning and decision support methods used in this project.


WP03 - Intelligent Video Gate

The overall aim is to optimize a fully operational terminal with an intelligent video gate and the data management to enable fast and reliable detection of incoming and outgoing assets. Through automatic detection of the wagon numbers and intermodal loading units (ILU) handled, their sequence as well as visible damages, processes at terminals and yards can be optimized. In addition, a terminal design that allows efficient dwell times and handling is a prerequisite. Based on these insights the main objectives are:
  • Replacement of manual physical checks and manual data collection
  • Acceleration of the terminal operation process, reduction of dwell times for trains, trucks and ILU
  • Management of train set-up procedures at terminal providing tools to save activities currently in use
  • Increase of handling capacity, improvement of supply chain safety and security
  • Improve interoperability and increase attractiveness of intermodal transport
  • Enhance data exchange between terminals

The aim is to define, develop and install intelligent video gates in two pilot sites. Intelligent video gates will consist of hardware for the rail gate (power supply, lights etc., imaging components (cameras, sensors, etc.) and software (for object capturing, recognition and data processing etc.).


WP04 - Extended Market Wagon

This work package will create the final basis for realising the prototype of the Extended Market Wagon (EMW) for intermodal application in the next step and the final project within Shift2Rail. It is in full consistency to the relevant work performed in the projects FR8RAIL I, FR8RAIL II on the market segments and its requirements to be served by the new wagon. The objective of WP4 is the system integration of all components and subsystems of the fully equipped EMW in all relevant dimensions into the mechanical and electrical design of the wagon and the intended logical and physical structure of the full train set. Furthermore, the approval concept according to TSI noise for this non UIC wagon concept will be developed in WP 4. The tasks within WP 4 will therefore focus on the following areas:
  • Integration of the safe wOBU: mechanical, electrical and logical into the wagon and the defined sensor network defined in TD 5.3 of Shift2Rail to create the basis for the Safe-Train-Integrity System (STI)
  • Integration of the processing of automatic coupler, automatic corner lockings and the Electronic Brake Control (EBC) into the Safe-Train-Integrity System for the wagon operation
  • Final specification of the concrete wagon type for swap body transport logistic and the needed components form suppliers: wheel, suspension, damping, disc brake system, EBC, coupling, corner lockings Approval concept.


WP05 - Extended Market Wagon

Telematics and Electrification will enable the intelligent wagon. This intelligent wagon will bring new functions related to digitalization and automation, such as, CBM, Cargo Monitoring, Automatic Train Configuration, and many other. On the one hand, telematics will contribute to the collection, transmission and usage of the necessary information from and for the wagon by means of the wOBU (wagon On-board Unit). On the other hand, electrification will be responsible for supplying the required energy to the telematics by means of the Energy Management System (EMS). Based on the results of previous S2R IP5 projects the objectives of this work package are aligned towards completing the development of the intelligent wagon:
  • Definition of additional functionalities for the intelligent wagon based on telematics and electrification.
  • Development intelligent wagon subsystems, i.e. weighting system, wagon intelligence algorithms for localization, freight brakes, etc.
  • Definition of the integration of telematics on the wagons.
  • Definition of the test protocol and field test areas for the subsystems and functionalities of the intelligent wagon.
  • Testing of subsystems and functionalities of the intelligent wagon.


WP06 - Freight Loco of the Future

The overall aim is to further improve the high-power propulsion system of mainline freight locomotive (including the auxiliary network) to lower significantly the LCC and TCO of the traction chain. The goal is to reduce the operating costs of the freight locos, which are directly impacted by the energy costs.

The main objectives are:
  • Development of a highly efficient, minimized volume, medium frequency SiC-based auxiliary power supply. This activity consists of a study and the development of a small-scale lab prototype.
  • Evaluation of applicable SiC elements for usage in high voltage converters considering results of the IP1 PINTA project. This activity consists of an evaluation matrix.
  • Proof of concept for higher switching frequencies for high voltage converters applications using increased dv/dt to minimize system losses of power traction chain. This activity consists of a study and the development of a small-scale lab demonstrator. Development and validation of a new battery module based on automotive/industrial cells for rolling stock application. This task will be directly linked with the WP6 tasks being carried out in FR8HUB.


WP07 - Management

The objectives of this work package are:
  • To ensure an efficient coordination with the WP leaders and the technical management team (TMT) is aligned; 
  • To ensure efficient management of common consortium activities; 
  • To ensure efficient overall administrative and financial management of the project; 
  • To ensure the running of a quality assurance process; 
  • To manage the risks and propose mitigation strategies and contingency measures if needed.


WP08 - Dissemination

This work package, which is led by DB, focuses on the provision of efficient information into and about the project, with particular focus on the ‘end user’ stakeholders so that they can contribute by providing needs and share the project’s expected outcomes and so that they can be adequately involved in the dissemination of the project results.



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Results and Publications

Deliverable 1.3 User-centric design + development of CBM dashboards in order to test given use cases

Within this deliverable, a data structure was defined, acting as a basis for further processing and presentation. In a second step, several dashboard templates were developed in order to standardize visualization of the accumulated data. They help to assess the state of either the entire fleet, a single locomotive, a certain component or even a specific detector and enables easy comparison of data from different assets and therefore improves the quality and speed of CBM.

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Deliverable 1.4 Wayside vehicle monitoring for Condition-Based Maintenance

The main objective within this work was to examine the possibility of moving from the existing reactive approaches to a more proactive approach and hence support a CBM strategy for the vehicle, with the aim of reducing the number of capacity consuming events and the probability of introducing failures or wear to the infrastructure. Overall, this deliverable gives a broad overview of wayside monitoring and its future applications.

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Deliverable 2.1 Specification of Innovations &Scenarios for Enhanced & Integr, Line-& Yard planning

The present document constitutes Deliverable D2.1 “Specification of Innovations and Scenarios for Enhanced and Integrated Line- and Yard Planning” in the framework of the project FR8RAIL III Work Package (WP) 2 “Real-Time Network Management”. Real-time network management will improve operational process by improved methods and information support and human interaction. The research here aims at reducing the gaps between timetable planning and operational traffic, and between yard management and network management.

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Deliverable 2.2 Method development for enhanced and integrated line- and yard planning

The report summarizes the current state within the work package where progress is made along four different development lines as described below. Firstly, we identify a strong link between yard and line planning and address necessary methodological developments for short-term (re-)planning in line management. Secondly, we present a method for assessing pre-scheduled maintenance windows. Further, a model framework for connecting yards and lines is proposed. Finally, the report includes specifications of an integrated demonstration platform for planning at a marshalling yard.

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Deliverable 3.3 Demonstration and evaluation incl. best usage of the data capture

The aim of this deliverable is to describe a demonstrator of the IVG, a technique to enhance optimization of a fully operational terminal or yard, and with data management to enable fast and reliable detection of incoming and outgoing assets. Through automatic detection by an IVG of wagon numbers and intermodal loading units (ILU) handled, including recognition of dangerous goods, their sequence as well as visible damages, processes at terminals and yards can be optimized to achieve efficient dwell times and handling, as well as facilitate processes at other actors in the supply chain.

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Deliverable 4.1 STI System and its functions in EMW

The document is essentially divided into two main chapters - the functional part and the component part. First, in chapter 2, the basic functionality of the Safe Train Integrity System (STI) is described, and individual functions are discussed. The components required for these functions are described in detail in chapter 3. This chapter includes the definition of the architecture of the LOBU and WOBU as core components, extends to the design of the sensor network and the energy supply.

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Deliverable 4.2 Final specification of prototype EMW intermodal

The document addresses the final specification of the CFW EMW prototype to be built as part of FR8RAIL IV and exhibited at InnoTrans 2022. For this reason, the present document focuses on main components and the functionalities that underline the extremely innovative character of the overall CFW concept and CFW Extended Market Wagon derived from it. It is explicitly not the aim of this document to specify a pre-series or even series vehicle. This requires further iterations in the development phase and findings from the prototype phase including initial test drives which is not the subject of the current IP5 development work

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* Deliverable 4.3 Approval concepts, summarizing the results of task 4.4

This report is to be understood as the final part of work package 4 in FR8RAIL III. It was preceded by two deliverables describing key functions and features of the CFW Extended Market Wagon. These are the communication architecture with the Safety Train Integrity system and the final specifications of the Extended Market Wagon of the Competitive Freight Wagon consortium CFW.

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Deliverable 8.1 Dissemination and communication strategy

This document provides a description of the FR8RAIL III communication and dissemination strategy. The aim of the strategy is to describe the approach chosen to execute dissemination and communication for the FR8RAIL III project and to describe how to facilitate an encompassing and widespread of information and knowledge of the results created by the project. The dissemination of FR8RAIL III is essential throughout the project’s life and need to be carried out with the cooperation of all Work Packages.

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* Please note that this/these deliverable(s) is/are undergoing S2R JU review and acceptance processes.

All deliverables, results and publications herewith provided reflects only the author's view and the S2R JU is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

Projects News & Events

CBM Dashboards Videos on YouTube

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As part of Work Package 1 Condition-Based Maintenance two videos were created that show how the developed CBM Dashboards work and how they help improve maintenance processes.

There is a short version and and extended cut. Please find both videos on our YouTube-Channel.


CBM Dashboards (Short Version)
CBM Dashboards (Extended Version)

WP5 activities completed after final field tests in Minden

Final tests of the Axel Mounted Power Harvester and the results analysis led to finalizing the activities foreseen in the WP. 

WP5 related to Telematics and Electrification aimed at Developing intelligent wagon subsystems, defining the test protocol and field test areas for the subsystems and functionalities of the intelligent wagon and tests and implement and tests a novel Freight brake disc prototype implementation and tests at dynamometer

  • Brakes related activities started in 2019 and closed already in 2021 with the final tests at the dynamometer, once the novel Freight brake disk prototype has been developed. Main conclusions drawn are related to the high disc temperature developed during drag braking not guaranteeing discs safety. This lead to the need of further investigations to improve the disc cooling performance.
  • Intelligent wagon subsystems activities started in 2019 and closed in 2022 covered different activities such as position and speed determination by means of a multisensory system, ABA and map supported systems axle mounted power harvester system and wayside monitoring data analysis. Moreover, activities related test protocols including the FR8-LAB container, test sites in Braunschweig harbour and DB Cargo facilities in Minden, as well as integration activities related to LINX4RAIL, EMW, and existing wagons, have been covered. Final activities were Minden field tests for the Multi-sensor Positioning System in April 2022 and the Axle Mounted Power Harvester in November 2022 reaching TRL6 for both systems. Main conclusions drawn for the Multi-sensor Positioning System are the improvement of the system in accuracy and continuity thanks to the algorithms developed and the fusion of the GNSS, IMU, UWB technologies and the need of further investigation in the characterization of the low cost IMU and the adaptation of the HW developed to optimize the UWB signal reception. Main conclusions drawn for the Axle Mounted Power Harvester are the validation of the electromagnetic behaviour and power generation of the system up to 20W already at speeds of 10km/h and the need of further investigation for the Engineering of the installation of the system in different types of wagons.
The WP is considered completed as all objectives mentioned in the Grant Agreement have been achieved, all tasks are completed, all deliverables are accepted and all milestones are achieved.

Final Event FR8RAIL III at Europe's Rail Innovation Day's 2022

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UPDATE:
See the recorded session on the ERJU's Youtube channel. Follow the link!

The FR8RAIL III project is coming to an end. After more than three years we will have our final event with the presentation of all results and achievements and we would like to invite you to participate!

The online event is taking place on
Friday 9th of December from 9:30 to 12:30 CET.

The FR8RAIL III project achieved improvements in the entire rail freight eco system by addressing various challenges in the following fields:
- Condition based maintenance
- Real-time network management
- Intelligent video gate terminals
- Extended market wagon
- Telematics and Electrification
- Freight loco of the future
 
Our final event is part of Europe’s Rail Innovation Days 2022 organized by the 
Europe's Rail Joint Undertaking from 7th to 9th of December 2022. There will be lots of other presentations and talks about Railway topics.

Looking forward to see you online!

Third Round of Field Tests in Minden

In the frame of WP1 and WP5 the next round of field tests has been completed in Minden, Germany with participation of DB Cargo, DB Systemtechnik and CEIT.

  • WP1: The object of investigation was once again the springs of the suspension system of freight wagons. Two different wagons with Y25-bogies and springs of different wear were equipped with sensors of the Springs Monitoring system. The system measures the spring’s dynamic behavior. Its use allows new Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) applications.
  • WP5: As part of the “intelligent wagon”, an axle mounted energy harvester was developed as part of this work package. Its goal is to provide the required energy to the electronic systems by means of the Energy Management System. After successful lab tests the prototype of the energy harvester was installed on one of the wagons for the first time and measuring data could be recorded.
All tests were conducted on Minden’s Freight Train Yard with a shunting locomotive driving at maximum shunting speed and passing several switches.

Results of the tests are still being processed and will be reported in the corresponding deliverables. A more detailed presentation will be part of the FR8RAIL III final event on 9
th of December.

Demonstration of user-centric designed CBM dashboards

Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) is based on a large quantity of sensors and detectors built in assets of interest to monitor the state of certain components in realtime. To get the full potential of CBM, the obtained data from all the sensors must be processed and visualized in a proper way.

Within FR8RAIL III D1.4, a data structure and several dashboard templates were developed in order to standardize visualization of the accumulated data. They help to assess the state of either the entire fleet, a single locomotive, a certain component or even a specific detector and enables easy comparison of data from different assets and therefore improves the quality and speed of CBM.

The results of this Deliverable were publicly presented and demonstrated at the 2022 InnoTrans at the Europe´s Rail booth. After ashort overview of CBM in general, the different Dashboards were explained indetail and shown with real live data coming from the many locomotives already equipped with the telematic device in Europe.

Please contact us, if you want to learn more about the CBM Development within FR8RAIL III. 

Specified in Fr8Rail III, to be seen as a prototype at InnoTrans 2022 - The CFW Extended Market Wagon

One of the central tasks in FR8RAIL III was to translate the requirements for the wagon into concrete specifications. In addition to the running gear and chassis, all the essential components have been specified in order to lay the foundations for construction. Furthermore, central functions and the communication architecture of the Safe Train Integrity system have been defined.

The prototype of a CFW-EMW Type 3 with two loading platforms for swap bodies Type C for maximum transport volume in intermodal transport will be shown at InnoTrans2022 in the outside area (hall FGSUED, booth T04/17, between halls 4.2 and 2.2)

Planned functional demonstrations:
  • Coupling and uncoupling with DAK Type 5
  • Train formation and loss of integrity
  • Airsuspension height control
  • Handbrake and emergency brake function, brake compensation and interval brake
  • Locking and unlocking of the electronic corner locking of the containers
  • Temperature sensor monitoring
  • Airpressure sensor monitoring
  • Monitoring of vibration sensors to detect wear, malfunctions and derailments

FR8Rail III Telematics and Electrification at the InnoTrans 2022

INNOTRANS2022 fair will show the digitalization of railway freight, at CEIT booth in Hall 24 stand 330 FR8RAIL III with the telematic devices for the digital freight train, and at CFW’s Outdoor Display Track 04 Stand 17 with the Extended Market Wagon, a rolling stock demonstrator resulting from the FR8RAIL IV. In both places you will be able to appreciate the advances presented around the digitalization of the freight railsector.

Thanks to telematic systems distributed in the wagons, a number of functions are enabled such as the composition of the train, its integrity, condition monitoring or position. This will be included in the Extended Market Wagon system that also adds relevant positioning and sensor functions to improve logistics applications.

We would like to invite all partners and interested parties to visit the booth.

FR8Rail III Live-Demonstration at the InnoTrans 2022

During our live-demonstration at the InnoTrans 2022 the FR8Rail III CBM project team will show results from the user-centric development of Condition Based Maintenance dashboards for several use cases e.g. Fleet Overview, Rotary Encoder, Battery System, Auxiliary Inverter Temperature and Diesel Particle Filters.

The project team used a design thinking approach with strongly user interaction for the development of the respective dashboards. During the presentation, we will outline the development process of the dashboards and share our experiences of the end-user engagement. 

In addition, the project team will give a brief overview of the developments within Shift2Rail and will also be available for feedback and discussion.

We will be pleased to answer any further questions that you may have.

The event will take place on Wednesday 21 September at 10:00-12:00 CET at the Europe´s Rail booth (Hall 27, Stand 511).

We would like to invite all partners and interested parties to this event.

Please find further information about the Europe´s Rail Programm at the InnoTrans 2022 on the following link.



Field tests in Minden successfully completed for WP5

In the frame of WP5, fieldtests have been completed in Minden, Germany, with the participation of DBCargo, DB System Technik, and CEIT. Minden's Freight Train Yard has beenselected to carry out static and dynamic tests with the aim of analyzing theperformance of the Multisensor Positioning.

Multisensor Positioning (WP5): Based on GNSS, IMU, andUWB technologies indoor positioning, outdoor positioning, and transitions havebeen tested. A wagon has been equipped with the positioning monitoring system,including the processing unit, GNSS receiver, IMU sensor, UWB module, ahigh-performance reference system and wireless communications for telemetry. Additionally,UWB infrastructure has been deployed in the workshop and the yard. Stationarytests were performed inside a workshop, as well as dynamic tests on theoutside. Multiple UWB antenna geometries were tested, each of them simulating adifferent scenario, during which the onboard multisensor system on the wagonand locomotive drove several times back and forth to record a freight train’s operation movement’s data.

The test were successful and require no further fieldtest.


Field tests in Minden successfully completed for WP1

In the frame of WP1, field tests have been completed in Minden, Germany, with the participation of DBCargo, DB System Technik, and CEIT. Minden's Freight Train Yard has been selected to carry out static and dynamic tests with the aim of analysing the performance of the Spring Monitoring System.

Two different wagons, with Y25 bogies and their respective primary suspensions, consisting of two helical springs in parallel, have been equipped with sensors of the Spring Monitoring system. This WP is dedicated to Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), so wagons with different spring damage conditions havebeen composed for the analysis. The tests were conducted with a shunting locomotive that drove at different speeds. Not only velocity was important for the test, but also the different loads of the wagons. Because the innerspring is shorter than the outer spring, different axle loads were tested in order to compress both springs (outer+inner) or only outer spring (keeping the inner uncompressed).

Results of the performance tests will be reported in the corresponding deliverables. The results are stillbeing processed. With the amount of data collected, an additional field test may now be obsolete since TRL 6 could have been reached with these two days of testing.


Springs Monitoring (WP1) and Multisensor Positioning (WP5) field tests in Minden (DE)

06 April 2022

Field tests in Minden successfully completed

 

In the frame of WP1 and WP5, field tests have been completed in Minden, Germany, with the participation of DB Cargo, DB System Technik, and CEIT. Minden's Freight Train Yard has been selected to carry out static and dynamic tests with the aim of analyzing the performance of the Springs Monitoring and Multisensor Positioning.

·       Spring Monitoring (WP1): Two different wagons have been equipped with sensors of the Spring Monitoring system and tests were carried out with different loads.

·       Multisensor(WP5): Based on GNSS, IMU, and UWB technologies indoor positioning, outdoor positioning, and transitions have been tested. A wagon has been equipped with the positioning monitoring system, including the processing unit, GNSS receiver, IMU sensor, UWB module, and wireless communications for telemetry. Additionally UWB infrastructure has been deployed in the workshop and the yard.

Results of the performance test will be reported in the corresponding deliverables. Thanks to these tests, TRL6 has been achieved for these two systems.


Intelligent Video Gate Demonstrator

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Shift2Rail is celebrating another great achievement! To take us one step closer to the modern and more competitive railway, an Intelligent Video Gate - IVG - has been developed within the program. There are now two different types of intelligent video gates online and we want to share the success story of the video gate in Gothenburg (Sweden) here with you.

Here you can access the video on YouTube. Enjoy!

Flyer Fr8Rail III

 

KICK OFF MEETING F8RAIL III

On December 13th 2019 took place in Frankfurt, Alpha Rotex headquarters of DB Cargo AG the Kick Off meeting of F8Rail III.
Representants from all the Partners of the Consortia got together in a whole day event were we reviewed guidelines of successful collaboration and a deep introduction of all the Work packages part of F8Rail III.

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CBM Dashboards Videos on YouTube

As part of Work Package 1 Condition-Based Maintenance two videos were created that show how the developed CBM Dashboards work and how they help improve maintenance processes.

There is a short version and and extended cut. Please find both videos on our YouTube-Channel.


CBM Dashboards (Short Version)
CBM Dashboards (Extended Version)

WP5 activities completed after final field tests in Minden

Final tests of the Axel Mounted Power Harvester and the results analysis led to finalizing the activities foreseen in the WP. 

WP5 related to Telematics and Electrification aimed at Developing intelligent wagon subsystems, defining the test protocol and field test areas for the subsystems and functionalities of the intelligent wagon and tests and implement and tests a novel Freight brake disc prototype implementation and tests at dynamometer

  • Brakes related activities started in 2019 and closed already in 2021 with the final tests at the dynamometer, once the novel Freight brake disk prototype has been developed. Main conclusions drawn are related to the high disc temperature developed during drag braking not guaranteeing discs safety. This lead to the need of further investigations to improve the disc cooling performance.
  • Intelligent wagon subsystems activities started in 2019 and closed in 2022 covered different activities such as position and speed determination by means of a multisensory system, ABA and map supported systems axle mounted power harvester system and wayside monitoring data analysis. Moreover, activities related test protocols including the FR8-LAB container, test sites in Braunschweig harbour and DB Cargo facilities in Minden, as well as integration activities related to LINX4RAIL, EMW, and existing wagons, have been covered. Final activities were Minden field tests for the Multi-sensor Positioning System in April 2022 and the Axle Mounted Power Harvester in November 2022 reaching TRL6 for both systems. Main conclusions drawn for the Multi-sensor Positioning System are the improvement of the system in accuracy and continuity thanks to the algorithms developed and the fusion of the GNSS, IMU, UWB technologies and the need of further investigation in the characterization of the low cost IMU and the adaptation of the HW developed to optimize the UWB signal reception. Main conclusions drawn for the Axle Mounted Power Harvester are the validation of the electromagnetic behaviour and power generation of the system up to 20W already at speeds of 10km/h and the need of further investigation for the Engineering of the installation of the system in different types of wagons.
The WP is considered completed as all objectives mentioned in the Grant Agreement have been achieved, all tasks are completed, all deliverables are accepted and all milestones are achieved.

Third Round of Field Tests in Minden

In the frame of WP1 and WP5 the next round of field tests has been completed in Minden, Germany with participation of DB Cargo, DB Systemtechnik and CEIT.

  • WP1: The object of investigation was once again the springs of the suspension system of freight wagons. Two different wagons with Y25-bogies and springs of different wear were equipped with sensors of the Springs Monitoring system. The system measures the spring’s dynamic behavior. Its use allows new Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) applications.
  • WP5: As part of the “intelligent wagon”, an axle mounted energy harvester was developed as part of this work package. Its goal is to provide the required energy to the electronic systems by means of the Energy Management System. After successful lab tests the prototype of the energy harvester was installed on one of the wagons for the first time and measuring data could be recorded.
All tests were conducted on Minden’s Freight Train Yard with a shunting locomotive driving at maximum shunting speed and passing several switches.

Results of the tests are still being processed and will be reported in the corresponding deliverables. A more detailed presentation will be part of the FR8RAIL III final event on 9
th of December.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 881778