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Wheel and Rail Studies

The interaction between train and track

The wheel-rail-interface is quintessential for safe guidance, efficient acceleration and braking of trains. It also plays an electrical role in feeding traction power as well as for signaling. But it is also sensitive to wear and failure. It is clear, this complicated interface requires special attention. The right expertise allows you to maintain your railway vehicles or your track in a safe and efficient way. DEKRA Rail helps you find the ideal combination.

The Benefits of Wheel and Rail Studies

  • Thorough understanding of all phenomena in the wheel-rail-interface
  • Understand the reasons for wear or damages of your vehicles or track
  • Analyze and improve vehicle-track-combination
  • Predict and avoid possible future incidents
  • Reduce maintenance costs

Wheel and Rail Studies

About Wheel and Rail Studies for railway vehicles

With trains getting faster and bigger, it has never been more important to focus your attention to the extremely complex wheel-rail-interface. Forces and stresses between a vehicle and the track will lead to wear and fatigue, noise and vibrations and rolling stock movements. Damages can extend to wheels and structures of the railway vehicles.

To avoid future damages and improve your maintenance process, it is crucial to understand what is happening at the interface between wheel and rail, how environmentally friendly or comfortable a combination of vehicle and track is, which risks you might be confronted with in the future. DEKRA Rail’s long-term experience, measurements and models will help you research the ideal combination and maintain your rolling stock and your rail system in optimal condition.

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