Towards the end of our trip through Asia, Parham and I had the great opportunity to visit a Korail depot for Heavy Maintenance of KTX high speed trains. Very impressive work was going on there, the lifecycle behaviour of the components differs quite a bit from Europe.
Today I had the honor to present Parhams, Manfreds and my paper on how to apply Condition Based Maintenance in an economic fashion. Especially in our highly competitive railway environment, it is vital to think of the business case from the very beginning – just as we did in the concept of Wagon 4.0.
The current developments in Big Data and Machine Learning will provide exciting opportunities to improve the quality of service, the safety and the performance in freight rail – and perhaps the easiest way to abolish freight rail is not to make full use of these!
My second presentation at ICRT conference shows the preliminary results of the research project with Nowe investigating the effect of sanding on the wheel-rail adhesion area.
Preliminary results show that it is possible to model the increase in adhesion area quite well. For details, refer to the slides available here.
I am presenting our ideas on the connected wagon at the First International Conference on Rail Transportation in Chengdu. My first observation is that rail freight and especially heavy haul is well represented, so perhaps my slides (available here) are well received.