TÜV Rheinland train performance studies provide valuable insights into railway efficiency and performance. Having worked with some of the biggest train and rail companies in the world, the TÜV Rheinland team has unrivaled experience in evaluating and assessing train handling, fuel consumption, train make-up instructions, wheel profiling, signal spacing and more. Track inspections and rail grinding are other aspects of TÜV Rheinland's train performance studies, making sure your track and trains are running safely, smoothly, and efficiently.
With Train and Track Studies from TÜV Rheinland, You can
Rail Grinding Consultation
Rail Grinding is a beneficial practice that allows the railroad to control the integrity of the rail surface by periodically re-contouring the rail surface with a rail grinder. Increasing wheel loads in the rail industry have a tendency to subject rail to excessive fatigue which can result in the deterioration and shelling of the running surfaces. Shelling on the rail gage corner can lead to fractures in the rail head and increase the potential for catastrophic failure of the rail under load.
Due to the potential impact of the re-contoured rail head, any grinding program should be closely monitored and controlled. Excessive, inadequate and/or imprecise grinding can lead to a sub-optimal wheel/rail interface and accelerated wear rates.
TÜV Rheinland has a team of inspectors available to inspect yard tracks, terminals, sidings and main lines. Our inspectors can:
During the course of a track inspection, TÜV Rheinland's inspectors review the condition of the Rail, Switches, Frogs, Crossings, Ties, Ballast, Drainage, Surfacing Gage, Crosslevel, Fasteners, and Joint Work
Fuel Consumption Studies
Fuel is a large expense for the railroad industry. TÜV Rheinland can help reduce fuel costs by helping railroads identify factors, through the application of scientific analysis, that affect their fuel consumption costs and help railroads make informed decisions. Factors that influence fuel consumption can be categorized into three groups: Equipment Type, Operating Procedures and Track and Terrain.
Signal Spacing Studies
An optimized wheel/rail interface provides numerous benefits to railroads and car owners
Train Handling Studies
TÜV Rheinland has extensive experience using computer simulations to analyze train handling for numerous railroads. Our train handling analyses help the operating departments of railroads to:
Train Make-Up Studies
Train make-up rules dictate the tonnage distribution in trains. The tonnage distribution, in turn, directly affects the in-train forces that are developed as the train moves over the road. Excessive in-train forces can lead to unsafe operations and derailments. Proper train make-up is critical for efficient railroad operation and safety. TÜV Rheinland has performed computer simulated train make-up analyses for nearly all the major rail carriers in North America. These studies usually involve hundreds of simulations using several train consists, various train handling techniques and various draft gear systems. Many of the studies involved specific territories using actual track grades and curvature. TÜV Rheinland has also performed several intermodal train make-up studies evaluating the instructions for two connecting interchange carriers for consistency.