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:
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 GateThe 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 WagonThis 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 WagonTelematics 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 FutureThe 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 - ManagementThe 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 - DisseminationThis 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The document is essentially divided into two main chapters - the functional part and the
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.
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
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.
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.
* 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.
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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)
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!