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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Slovenia 2019
UTURA project is about improving the quality of life for over 55 million EU citizens who live and work near train tracks, while focusing on safety and security, health and environment and cost-effectiveness. It developed a Divided axle mounted Rail Freight Brake Disc (further referred to as DRFB disc) for commercialization. DRFB disc is a technology that is cost-effective. The disc helps solve the challenges in the area of safety and security, reduce accidents of freight trains at level crossings, increases safety of RFT at higher velocities.
The new freight wagons are mostly equipped with inferior K-block brakes due to cost-effectiveness despite longer braking distances and higher noise and vibration levels. K-block braking system is cheaper than the disc braking system. Disc brakes can mostly be found only on wagons that cover over 100,000 km per annum, which in practice touches only those that carry containers and trucks. Disc brakes are also found on wagons that must cover large height differences and therefore need to brake more often and must be more reliable.
DRFB disc is a revolutionary solution, influencing 3 key elements in the rail freight transport, safety and security, health and environment and cost-effectiveness with strong horizontal and vertical “spill-over” effects and crucial social, economic and technical impacts. The specific objectives of the project were, optimization of the DRFB disc prototype causing 11% reduction of the braking distance and consequently a higher safety, enables higher speeds in RFT (up to 160 km/h).
The disc will directly enable higher velocities of RFT and greater weight train compositions due to lower LCC, lower noise levels and improved reliability of braking systems with built-in DRFB discs. At the moment, freight trains reduce their velocity in urban areas (80 to 120 km/h) because of high noise levels and inefficiency of classical brakes at high velocity and heavy trainloads. Through this product, economic influence on the automotive, food, logistic, metal-processing industries will see a decrease of transportation prices by app. 15 € per unit of transported goods.