Composite materials for cheaper and more efficient trains

London Underground’s District Line trains launched the first production trains fitted with lightweight aluminium composite honeycomb doors in 1978. Several decades after this first step, what are the advantages of using composite materials today?   Need for weight reduction in rail vehicles Increasing passenger demands, including universal access toilets, CET tanks, power outlets, air conditioning,…

Rail travel boom likely after pandemic

For global domestic tourism, rail travel has long surpassed air travel in terms of volume. In 2019, 2.1 billion journeys were made by train, compared to just over a billion for air travel. While for international tourism, the numbers are completely reversed: 41 million international departures were made by train, compared to 735 million by…

Materiali avanzati per treni sempre più leggeri

I ricercatori della Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Germania hanno recentemente sviluppato un materiale sandwich a base di poliuretano estremamente resistente. Sarà destinato a sostituire l’acciaio o l’alluminio nei componenti di treni o automobili, riuscendo ad essere più leggero ma altrettanto resistente. Per testare il materiale, l’ICT ha prodotto un componente treno soggetto…

LiDAR and 3D remote sensing, the future of prevention?

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), is a form of remote sensing that uses laser light pulses to collect information from surfaces in the form of “points” (3D coordinates). The data is processed with software to form a digital CAD model of the scanned environment. The data collected during LiDAR surveys and the resulting 3D digital…

Monitoring and prevention, what systems are in use today?

Monitoring and maintaining the state of health of railway installations is a key element of technological progress in the sector, which is why we continue to invest in this type of equipment. These include condition-based detection systems, data warehouses and Big Data systems that support data mining and advanced analysis, all supporting the health of…