World-leading train manufacturer seeks cooperation with LTU

Published: 18 October 2017

Luleå University of Technology has begun discussions with the world's leading high-speed train manufacturer CRRC, Beijing, China, to establish a joint research center at Luleå University of Technology.

– It is in the field of operation and maintenance that we primarily discuss research collaboration, says Uday Kumar, Director JVTC and Professor of Operations and Maintenance at Luleå University of Technology.

Research at the Joint Research Center at Luleå University of Technology, which is now being discussed, would initially focus on PHM (Prognostics and Health Management) for high-speed rail. The research area PHM (Prognostics and Health Management) involves predicting future maintenance needs and predicting the condition of critical components  and on coming e of failures by mplementing solutions developed by the use of new and  and emerging transformative technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning) and Big Data etc. By using advanced IT, PHM can contribute to smarter and more efficient operations and maintenance decisions. PHM can also ensure  improved reliability and increased capacity throughout the rail system and high-speed rail.

Fast train at 350 km / h

Chinese CRRC is today the world's largest rail and high-speed train manufacturer. The first high-speed train  in China was launched in 2007. Today, more than 60 percent of the world's high-speed tarins are being manufactured in China, and as on date there are more than 22,000 km high-speed track are in china. . The fastest trainrunning  in China is running at 350 km/h ( it is designed for a service speed of 400km/hr) . In Sweden we have a total of 14,000 kilometers of rail but no high speed track. for high-speed trains. However, the construction of high speed railway track is being discussed discussed for the route Malmö-Stockholm and Gothenburg-Stockholm but is not yet to be decided by the Swedish Parliament. CRRC has so far established 11 joint research centers for high-speed trains in other countries, including Germany, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The  research  twelfth is now planned in Sweden at Luleå University of Technology with a special focus on PHM and maintenance technology.

– Luleå railway research center (JVTC)  at Luleå University of Technology is known  as a world leader in research and development of rail maintenance. Therefore, we would like to have a cooperation with the University regarding rail vehicles, "said Jia Feng, General Director(Assistant) Department of Science and Technology, CRRC, China.

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Uday Kumar

Uday Kumar, Head of Subject, Chaired Professor, Head of Division

Phone: +46 (0)920 491826
Organisation: Operation and Maintenance, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering