Lightweight construction in the Railroad-industry

The rail industry develops rail vehicles with high ride comfort, long service life and low costs through system and structural lightweight construction, whereby holistic lightweight construction increases energy efficiency and reduces operating costs, while safety standards and approval regulations must be complied with.

The rail industry and its suppliers are developing rail vehicles and components with ever-increasing demands on ride comfort under high cost pressure for a long product service life. In addition to structural lightweight design, lightweight system design plays a prominent role here, as the lightweight design costs should remain balanced.

Due to its energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, rail transport is of greater economic importance as an ecological means of mass transportation. In this context, holistic lightweight construction can further increase the energy efficiency of rail vehicles and reduce operating costs.

For the rail industry, compliance with safety standards and approval regulations as well as ensuring the fatigue strength and robustness of lightweight components at low manufacturing costs and efficient production processes are of particular importance in the field of lightweight construction. A holistic approach to lightweight construction can help to achieve these targets more quickly.

Tool-based control and monitoring of all mass properties, including secondary springs and axle loads, is necessary.

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Results in the Railroad-industry