Derailments are costly, cause service disruptions, create customer dissatisfaction and affect company reputation. A derailment investigation is the first step in recovering from an accident and getting your rail operations back on track. TÜV Rheinland is the Leading Independent Consulting Firm specializing in Derailment Investigation. Our experts can help determine the cause of the accident and recommend implementations necessary to reduce future risk. TÜV Rheinland uses a three-pronged approach to deal with derailments:
Today's derailments tend to involve complex interactions between the rail car vehicle, the track and the train operation. In addition, inter-departmental strife, lack of investigative skills and time pressures are all detrimental to accurate derailment cause finding. Contact TÜV Rheinland for more information about derailment investigations.
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With Derailment Investigation Services from TÜV Rheinland, you can:
Simulation models are a quick and accurate way to determine possible derailment cause. In a standard derailment analysis, TÜV Rheinland starts with the entire train and calculates the in-train coupler forces on the first derailed car. We then model the performance of that first derailed car, subjected to those in-train forces, over the section of track where the derailment occurred. TÜV Rheinland uses several longitudinal coupler force analysis programs to determine the in-train forces. We also use VAMPIRE™ to analyze the forces on the derailed vehicle.
TÜV Rheinland is available to perform on-site investigations. We have a rapid response go-team that can be at the derailment site as quickly as travel arrangements can be made. We also have a complete inventory of the tools and gauges necessary to perform track and car measurements. Our tools include surveying equipment, mechanical gauges and photographic equipment.
Derailment Investigation Training
In addition to derailment investigations, TÜV Rheinland is actively involved in preventing derailments. One key to derailment prevention is understanding the mechanics of derailment and determining the root cause. TÜV Rheinland has been educating the railroad industry for over 16 years on how to perform effective derailment investigation and how to prevent derailments. TÜV Rheinland periodically schedules seminars for public attendance. However, we will consider providing sponsored seminars to interested parties
TÜV Rheinland has investigated over 1500 individual derailments for many domestic and international railroads. Over 400 investigations have been performed on site with simulations and consultations provided for the remainder. A partial list of our projects include: