Indian Railways to test freight wagon fatigue

NEW YORK . One of world’s largest passenger and freight carriers, Indian Railways has has placed a USD 4 million order for a test rig to perform fatigue testing on freight wagons with Moog’s Industrial Systems Group, a division of Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A, MOG.B).

The order was placed by Research Designs & Standards Organization (RDSO) division of the Indian Railways to Moog, a leader in providing high-performance testing systems to the transportation, automotive and aerospace markets.

The 5,000 kN bogie test rig includes high capacity actuators, a hydraulic power supply, a portal frame and floor design as well as a fully integrated 8-channel system that combines Moog’s software and test controllers. This test controller system is based on a leading-edge platform and includes a real-time Ethernet interface, enabling transparent integration of 96-channel data acquisition.

Moog’s test rig will simulate real running conditions for Indian Railways and will be used to test new bogies with higher payload capacity for increased freight-carrying and speed performance on the existing rail network. This is intended to boost freight capacity for Indian Railways while the dedicated freight corridor, covering about 2,762 km (1,715 mi) on the Eastern and Western corridors, is being developed.

By procuring this new test rig, Indian Railways will be able to design and validate axle load wagons of up to 40 tons in comparison to the existing 22 to 25 ton models.

“Freight transport is a key revenue driver for Indian Railways, making up 70 percent of revenues and it is growing rapidly. Until the dedicated freight corridor is operational, they need to extract more from their existing rail infrastructure to meet the ongoing rise in demand for freight-capacity. To do so they have designed new test requirements to assess payload parameters on bogies and ultimately increase payload capacity. Moog understands Indian Railway’s requirements and is providing a test-system that matches railway’s specifications,” said K.M. Sathish, sales manager, Moog India.

“The development of this fatigue test rig is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our expertise in developing test systems that can help transportation systems extract more performance from their existing and future infrastructures. We are really delighted to work with Indian Railways on this project and are confident Moog’s test system will help them increase their freight payload capacity. The high payloads and the extensive tests RDSO requires are quite unique and represent a new step for railways,” Anurag Kashyap, managing director, Moog India.