05_KTH 

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
www.kth.se

Company description

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), (Royal Institute of Technology), is responsible for one-third of Sweden’s capacity for engineering studies and technical research at post-secondary level. KTH has over 11,000 undergraduate students, 1,500 active postgraduate students and a staff of 3,100 people. KTH conducts top-notch education and research of a broad spectrum – from natural science to all branches of technology, including architecture, industrial economics, urban planning, work science and environmental technology. A large number of competence centres are housed at KTH and strategic research foundations are funding other major research programmes or graduate schools.

KTH Railway Group is a multidisciplinary research centre with more than 20 years of experience. It consists of nine research groups, each of them representing one or more disciplines which together, in principle, cover all competencies in the railway area.

This unique organization is able to carry out major research programmes with a broad approach in collaboration with our partners, covering not only technical aspects but also commercial ones, e.g. market analysis.

Throughout the years, KTH Railway Group has improved railway systems and carried out high-impact concept studies, like for example Gröna Tåget.  All these projects aim to increase the efficiency of railway transport and the competitiveness of the railway industry compared to other means of transport. KTH Railway Group performs research within several disciplines. The organization, which spans over several schools at KTH, also runs a number of projects in which research is performed. KTH Railway Group consists of nine research groups, each representing different parts of the railway system, most of whom are working with technical issues.

KTH Railway Group operates in the following research areas: efficient train systems for freight traffic, efficient train systems for passenger traffic, electrical systems, sound and vibrations, vehicle engineering, infrastructure and capacity.

Role within the consortium

Investigations regarding relation between noise, surface topography and wear in the contact between rail and wheel.

Past experience related to the tasks allocated in the project

The department of Machine Design has more than 20 years of research experience in the tribology of the wheel rail contact. This can be exemplified in the handbook of the wheel rail contact edited by one of the member of staff.

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