The application of innovative lightweight materials and concepts for rail vehicles was researched, developed and tested in experiments in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU), Voith Engineering Services GmbH, KUKA Systems GmbH and Lätzsch GmbH.

The key focus was a possible use of foamed aluminium sandwich elements that feature high weight-specific stiffness, great energy absorption capacity and good sound and vibration absorption properties, and can also be recycled relatively easily.
Our main task was to test the materials and composites under static load and impact stress, and to determine the natural frequency of the end car cabin that was built as part of the project.


Photos: Alulight international GmbH

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