The PhD researcher Ali Jamshidi, from the Section of Railway Engineering, attended the conference entitled “Smart Wheel-Rail Interaction” held in Klosterneuburg, Austria, 25th of March 2017.
The conference included a variety of topics related to wheel-rail interaction and most of the speeches were focused on smart infrastructure monitoring and condition-based approaches. The topics of the conference included wheel-rail forces, wear and tear, causes of damage for wheel and rail, limits of availability of the infrastructure and vehicles and how to define big data approaches for the condition based monitoring. The keynotes and introduction were done by members of the Austrian Society for Traffic and Transportation (ÖVG), Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB-Holding AG) and the company ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.
During the conference was discussed that a trend shows that the companies involved in railway condition-based infrastructure monitoring/maintenance are getting more interested in the use of more sensors/measurement devices. These devices are embedded on measurement trains or track-side, and they are used to estimate the influencing factors of infrastructure degradation. According to one of the speakers of the conference, most of the experts and companies understood that focusing only on one factor to study infrastructure abnormality, like rail defect or track irregularities, is not sufficient to have the broad picture of the state of the infrastructure. State of the art devices are key for the efficient monitoring and maintenance planning.