Application of detailed theory at the rail / wheel interface – leading to smart solutions to maintain turnouts & predict derailment risk

Railway systems are facing high economic pressures for permanent optimization of operations to deliver transport services. In this economic era, choice of product is based on life cycle cost rather than standard procurement cost. The main drivers of the life cycle costs are operational & maintenance costs which exceed the procurement cost. From a supplier’s perspective these drivers can be influenced in a positive way by smart design parameters. Where in former times a lot of technical information of the product as well as maintenance limits have been specified by the rail infrastructure authorities, we can now see a global trend of railways focusing more on the overall outcome and performance of the system that is leading to the placement of more demands from suppliers to solve specific problems and also to provide detailed solutions for maintenance of the products. This development is also evident in Australia and is reinforced by the high personnel turnover as well retiring people with decades of knowledge and experience.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2015, doing it smarter. People, power, performance, 24-26 November 2015, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01601958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2016 9:46AM