This animation was created by Canaside Studios to demonstrate the novel running gear developed by the University of Huddersfield, Institue of Railway Research.
The novel bogie design features:
Outboard axle boxes to accommodate the number and size of disc brakes required.
- A standard UIC centre bowl and side-bearer secondary suspension interface. This allows for possible transference of the Spectrum bogie to existing wagon designs.
- Coil sprung primary suspension to help minimise the effective unsprung mass and provide good isolation of track forces from the cargo.
- Viscous damped primary to avoid the additional non-linear wheelset constraints imposed by friction damped primary suspensions and to provide smooth damping performance.
- A trailing arm to control the axle box position and to help achieve the desired compromise between curving performance and stability.
SPECTRUM - Solutions and Processes to Enhance the Competitiveness of Transport by Rail in Unexploited Markets
SPECTRUM explores the market opportunities for transport of low density, high value (LDHV) goods, utilising new and innovative rail concepts. Focus is on the extension of existing 21st century rail services and more visionary rail logistics services. Early project proceedings set the foundations for detailing concepts by defining technological and operational requirements.
Preliminary research is built upon with an assessment of existing conceptual designs and a shift in focus to assess technical and operational requirements.
SPECTRUM develops a detailed design concept for a high performance freight train that is efficiently lightweight, has driving performance characteristics that facilitate mixed running with passenger services and is capable of accommodating the required types of freight container unit.
Design work includes:
- Optimised, lightweight, energy efficient freight wagon structures
- High speed running gear, including brakes and vehicle dynamics
- Electrical systems and coupling arrangements
- The handling of freight container units
Ultimately, at least one demonstrator is produced in order to validate the innovative high performance freight train design solutions developed in the project. Demonstrators such as; the power conversion system that supports the reefers being carried, the running gear that supports high speed operation, critical aspects of the lightweight vehicle structure and the freight handling system are developed. 'Real life’ conditions in terms of scale, fabrication, installation maintainability and robustness are replicated.
SPECTRUM is promoted throughout the duration of the project using websites, newsletters and interaction with user groups.