Ricardo?appointed to ?Shadow Operator? role for new Sydney Metro lines. As Shadow Operator, Ricardo?s experts will provide advice and technical input from the viewpoint of the prospective operations and maintenance contractor. Once the actual operator has been chosen and is in place, Ricardo teams will support the handover process. Ricardo will be assisted in this role by Seoul Metro.
Ricardo?Rail has launched a new service to simulate the dynamic interaction between pantograph units and catenary systems. Ricardo pantograph and catenary modelling and simulation package ?RiPAC? has been developed by Ricardo to offer track and rolling stock engineers the opportunity to simulate the full motion behavior of their designs at a much earlier stage of the product development process. This will help to optimize the design of future electrification products while also reducing development costs.
Citec?completed premium interior engineering solutions for?Skoda Transtech?trams being build for the Tampere Tramline.
Alstom?to provide digital train control, traffic management and electrification infrastructure for the Rhine-Danube rail corridor.
Indra?will develop the traffic management system of the railway network in Estonia for 18.4 million euros.
Hitachi?Rail to acquire railway technology firm?Perpetuum?to accelerate digitization strategy. Perpetuum?s self-powering digital sensors detect on-board vibrations and send back real-time data about the performance of critical train parts ? e.g. wheel sets, gearboxes, motors or bogies ? faster and more accurately than traditional condition-monitoring approaches. Combining this information with artificial intelligence-led analytical tools means that cutting cost and increasing parts lifespan by more than 25%.
HydroFLEX, a project led by rolling stock owner?Porterbrook, in partnership with the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), has successfully undertaken its first mainline test of the UK?s first hydrogen powered train ? with support from?Ricardo?in the key area of safety case development and certification.