Berlin, Germany — Getzner Werkstoffe presented a vibrating stand at InnoTrans – the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology – to demonstrate how its elastic solutions lower railway track costs.
Drawing on the firm’s experience with the Gotthard Base Tunnel, Stefan Potocan, head of product management at Getzner said: “Transitions and turnouts are areas of the railway track that require a lot of maintenance work. They have a significant influence on the efficiency of a track, as they determine its availability. On average, turnouts account for only 1% of the investment costs, however are responsible for a quarter of the maintenance costs.”
According to Getzner, the loads caused by sudden variations in stiffness are highest at transitions and turnouts, which is why the most wear occurs and maintenance costs are highest in these areas.
“The highly elastic components made of Getzner’s materials Sylomer and Sylodyn compensate for these stiffness differences in the superstructure,” Potocan.
The event took place from 20 – 23 September, 2016.