The expected benefits of the project are shown below:

Switches and Crossings that last as long as other components

Top down design, rather than bottom up evolutionary design (WP1) will allow radically different solutions to be identified that have the potential to provide a step change in performance. Identification of innovations from other domains (WP2) will bring new ideas and concepts to the area of S&C ...

New materials capable of self-healing and lubricating rail steel

Identification of innovations from other domains (WP2) will bring new ideas and concepts to the area of S&C design. Development of S&C immune system (WP3) will provide self-healing capabilities. Focus on new materials (WP4) will investigate whether new material and manufacturing techniques ...

New Swiches and Crossings design capable of reducing failures, maintenance costs

Top down design, rather than bottom up evolutionary design (WP1) will allow radically different solutions to be identified that have the potential to provide a step change in performance. Identification of innovations from other domains (WP2) will bring new ideas and concepts to the area of S&C ...

New Switches and Crossings reduces noise

Focus on new materials (WP4) will investigate whether new material and manufacturing techniques are able to improve performance. Optimisation of wheel/rail interface (WP4) will minimise wear, and hence resulting noise. Validation of design concepts (WP6) will ensure that the solutions are practica ...

Optimisation of track support conditions through tailored stiffness transition zones

Focus on new materials (WP4) will investigate whether new material and manufacturing techniques are able to improve performance. Support structure innovation (WP4) will provide ‘designed’ stiffness transition zones. Optimisation of wheel/rail interface (WP4) will minimise impact forces. Validatio ...

Generate solutions for low cost maintenance and renewal

Top down design, rather than bottom up evolutionary design (WP1) will allow radically different solutions to be identified that have the potential to provide a step change in cost. Modular architecture (WP2) will allow differentiated solutions to be used, and also new innovations to be incorporated ...

Generate solutions for 24/7 working

Top down design, rather than bottom up evolutionary design (WP1) will allow radically different solutions to be identified that have the potential to provide a step change in performance. Modular architecture (WP2) will allow differentiated solutions to be used, and also new innovations to be incor ...

Benefits

The benefits will lead to the Shift2Rail TD3.2 expected technical impacts of: 100% capacity increase Measured by: Improved RAMS performance through novel design of all subsystems (control, design and kinematics systems) Improved travel speeds through S&C Faster switching and locking times ...