vitaRAIL: life cycle optimisation of railway rails

CEIT’S VITARAIL SOLUTION OFFERS THE RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER A TOOL TO HELP PREDICT RAIL WEAR.

The estimated costs at European level for the maintenance of rolling stock and railway infrastructure are around € 20,000M per year, of which those related to the rail correspond to approximately 10%-20% of that amount. Therefore, a correct management and optimization of the maintenance actions of the infrastructure, and more specifically of the rail, can suppose a huge amount of money. To achieve a correct predictive maintenance it is necessary to know how the components degrade over time to anticipate to failures.

vitaRAIL solution offers the railway infrastructure manager a tool to help predict rail wear and make decisions for the optimization of the life cycle cost (LCC) of one of the most critical components of the railway infrastructure, whilst maintaining the highest standards of safety and comfort.

vitaRAIL tool is capable, through a database of wear KPIs built using multibody simulations, of predicting the wear produced in a section of a line over time based on the characteristics of the layout and operation, such as the type and amount of traffic, straight or curved section, operating speeds and tractive/braking efforts, presence of sand, different coefficients of adhesion, etc. Finally, based on the costs and the configuration of the different inspection and maintenance actions, the tool provides the user with information on the annual costs, useful life of the rail and evolution of wear over time.