Bombardier Transportation has signed a framework agreement with the Technical University of Dresden to continue their research cooperation that began in 2007.
The agreement was signed by Bombardier Transportation Germany head Michael Fohrer and TU Dresden chancellor Dr Andreas Handschuh in the presence of Saxony Premier Michael Kretschmer.
It covers two research projects, with each project leading to a PhD position.
The two projects are being funded by Bombardier Transportation for a total sum of €500,000.
Dr Handschuh said: “It a huge honour for the TU Dresden to be able to expand its partnership with Bombardier, a cooperation stretching back ten years. This strengthens our university as a leading centre of excellence for rail transport engineering while reiterating the successful science and technology transfers aimed at consolidating Saxony as a business location.”
Fohrer said: “Innovations help us define benchmarks in the market. The close cooperation between science and industry is something we hold dear.
“This successful cooperation between higher education and our sites in Görlitz and Bautzen underscores our strong commitment to the federal state of Saxony.”
One project aims to develop programming software, which will be used in the development of train models.
This software will offer forecasts on the operating noise inside trains. The technology helps in reducing noise as early as the development phase, thereby improving comfort for passengers.
The second project will see the development of a smart measuring system for track profiles. This system will be developed in close cooperation with the Bombardier location in Bautzen.
It can be temporarily installed on any vehicle, and help to draw valuable data on the infrastructure during travel.
Thedata can then be used to develop vehicles for the rail network. A benefit of this system is that operators can draw on data to probe into whether the use of non-fleet vehicles is possible on their rail networks.
Kretschmer said: “The research cooperation is good for both partners. It’s also a win-win situation for the whole economic and scientific region of Saxony. Because projects like these are a good catalyst for innovation, and innovation is important for prosperity and employment in our federal state.”