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Train driving simulation as a tool to reduce railway particle emissions

Reference number
Coordinator Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut - Forskningsavdelning Trafik och trafikant
Funding from Vinnova SEK 300 000
Project duration June 2018 - December 2018
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation program InfraSweden

Important results from the project

The ultimate goal was the development of a tool to reduce the railway’s impact on the environment and human health. The project aim was to further develop the train driving simulator of VTI to assess the damage generated during tread braking. The future development of a model to predict non-exhausted particle emission during train simulation was prepared.

Expected long term effects

The project has enabled to estimate the amount of wear on the brake blocks and the wheel treads that results from a train driving simulation. A literature study focused on the railway’s particle emissions has been performed. Based on this, additional requirements for the development of a model to predict particle emissions have been identified.

Approach and implementation

The content of the feasibility study was divided into five work packages. Three separate work packages considered (1) the development of an approximate model to estimate the wear generated during braking, (2) its interface to the existing train driving simulator and (3) the demonstration of its functionality using data obtained from the train driving simulator. In two additional work packages literature studies and numerical calculations were performed in order to prepare for a subsequent research and innovation project.

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Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2018-00646

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