EURAXLES - Articles and news items
EURAXLES – paving the way to enhanced railway safety (Raimund Abele, Chairman of the EURAXLES Steering Committee / Léa Paties, Project Manager at UNIFE and EURAXLES Project Coordinator)
Bombardier drives innovation with creation of new Bogie Technical Center (Harro Effertz, Head of Contracts, Legal Affairs and Claim Management and BTC Project Lead, Bombardier Transportation)
Issue 3 2011 / 31 May 2011 /
EURAXLES is a three-year EU/industry research programme lead by UNIFE which aims to reduce the risk of axle failure to a level where it is no longer a significant threat to safe operation. The project unites 23 partners across Europe including six axle manufacturers, four railway operators/IMs, two system integrators, three technology suppliers, five universities, two rail sector associations and one consulting firm.
There are 3.5 million axles in service across the railways of Europe, but as yet there is no common approach to their design, maintenance and servicing. The management of wheelsets throughout their life cycle has traditionally been overseen by railway operators, combining their own experience with design and production expertise shared by the manufacturers.