Where the new generation of trains is concerned, the expression 'running at full steam' refers to more than the advent of pioneering technology. It also applies in chemical terms, because these new-generation trains literally produce nothing but “steam” – making them a zero carbon-emission trains in the rail sector. As a certification and inspection body, TÜV SÜD Rail is involved in Alstom's Coradia iLint project, the development and approval of a hydrogen-fuelled multi-unit train set.
Safe travelling at record speed - Prestige project VDE 8 on trial
The German Unity Transport Project will bring the regions of Germany and the countries of Europe closer together. However, interoperability and safety are critical to ensure the success of such a large project. In this context, TÜV SÜD Rail was commissioned to work with the Notified Body Eisenbahn-Cert to assess the requirements and elements of the demanding stage in terms of interoperability and safety.
How do you get an approval of your rail vehicles for the EU market?
In the last decade, the procedures for getting approvals for rail vehicles for the EU market have changed significantly. To accelerate the approval of new rolling stock, the German Federal Railway Authority (Eisenbahn-Bundesamt, EBA) and the rail industry agreed on an interim arrangement. Under this arrangement, private-sector organisations can now also support rail manufacturers here and can provide the required test services. In addition, new standards were issued to foster harmonisation and liberalisation in the EU market. These new arrangements are the result of the lengthy political process associated with the standardisation of the European rail network.
Fire safety for mountain railways and rack railways in alpine regions
Especially in difficult terrain railways must satisfy particularly high safety standards, while also considering the characteristic features of the terrain and specific operations. Having been involved in fire testing and fire-safety assessments for several mountain railways and rack railways, TÜV SÜD Rail is thoroughly familiar with the challenges and special features of these rail vehicles.
On-Demand Webinar: Finding the right software tools for functional safety project
The requirements on qualification of software tools employed in a functional safety development project is often of big concern to many industry stakeholder, e.g. OEM’s, system integrators, equipment manufacturers or tool vendors. Often a lot of open questions exist which are leading to long discussion during a project lifecycle. Furthermore, in certification projects, this topic is often seen as an area of risk and uncertainty. Additionally, there are more and more certified tools available but it is not always clear which tool would lead to the highest benefit.
Functional Safety Starter Kit: Documentation tools and guidelines
The Safety Kit is a tool package consisting of a set of several document templates and guidelines that was developed by a multidisciplinary team of TÜV SÜD experts. It was developed to act as a comprehensive guide for manufacturers of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic elements or systems (E/E/PE systems) looking to align their safety policy and documentation according to IEC 61508 or other safety standards during the product development phase.
Pantographs are among the elements assessed by accredited assessment bodies within the scope of approval of rolling stock. Various methods can be used to measure the forces acting between the pantograph carbon strip and the catenary as well as the wear associated with these forces. Methods differ depending on the EU Member State in question and the type of power supply used by its railway system. TÜV SÜD Rail presents the different methods of measurement.