On track to a sustainable and environmentally compatible rail mobility: Rail travel is becoming increasingly attractive in the mobility mix and is generating a boom in demand for both private transport and rail freight. Railroads have existed in Austria for almost 200 years. Today, the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB operate a route network of around 5,000 kilometers in length, on which around 6,800 trains run daily and stop at a good 1,000 stations.
At TU Graz, intensive research is being carried out at several institutes on the subject of rail and sustainable mobility.
Several TU Graz institutes carry out research into transportation by rail, on tracks that criss-cross the countryside, providing an eco-friendly option to bring people to their destination.
In view of a planned doubling of train traffic in Austria by 2040, the railway faces numerous challenges. As a partner in the Rail4Future project, TU Graz is taking the digital route.
Rail infrastructure is currently largely built and maintained using diesel-powered track-work machinery. Together with partners, TU Graz is investigating alternative drives for special machinery.
Peter Brunnhofer works at the Institute of Structural Durability and Railway Technology to make trains lighter, more robust and more efficient. An interview with the researcher talking about lightweight construction.
From 2023, rail vehicle manufacturers will be able to have their braking systems tested and certified on the TU Graz campus. In addition, the new test rig will allow for the first time investigations of brake loads and their effects on the complete chassis.
TU Graz, voestalpine, ÖBB, Siemens Mobility Austria and Virtual Vehicle bundle their railroad competencies in the joint initiative Research Cluster Railway Systems.