About UIC’s, UNIFE’s and MTU’s work

Work package 0.3: Rail Specifications and Engine Development (Duration: 36 month)


  • To achieve a high performing engine in terms of low emissions and high energy efficiency adapted to the technical specifications in rail applications.
  • Tests of single-cylinder and multi-cylinder engine based on an evaluation of the railway specific needs.
  • Dissemination of achieved results to the rail sector in terms of rail high power R&D (WP 0.3.2) as well as migration from road HD R&D (WP A2, A3, and A4).

Description of work

Task 0.3.1: Technical requirements for rail applications of HD and high power rail engines & Evaluation of the developed design solutions

Railway system integrators (like e.g. Siemens, Bombardier, Alstom) are integrating power pack solutions into the railcar and locomotive.

These two rail applications introduce several design constraints like operating performance, transmission, and space:

  • For the HD road engines (power range 500 kW), the challenge is to ensure the migration of any new engine design into the rail environment
  • For the high power rail engines (power range 1000-3000 kW), the challenge is to ensure that the developed solutions are meeting the requirements of system integration and operation.
  • The work in this workpackage would consist of:

    • Identification of the existing and future rail specific needs (technical specifications and constraints) for both railcars and locomotives
    • Evaluation of the concepts and technical solutions provided in 0.3.2.

    The «Rail end users group» would perform this task.

    Task 0.3.2: Concept development and tests

    Layout concept of the clean rail diesel engine: studies on the potential of different HD engine technologies if transferred to rail engines
    System calculations and modelling
    Components design
    Single-cylinder engine tests
    Multi-cylinder engine development and procurement
    Multi-cylinder engine tests

    Task 0.3.3: Dissemination

    Dissemination of achieved results in terms of rail high power R&D (WP 0.3.2) as well as migration from road HD R&D.

      The dissemination strategy for the rail part of GREEN would be build around:
    • contact database
    • information packages and
    • networking

    Additional actions for the implementation of this dissemination strategy should be within the agreement of the GREEN consortium.

      The dissemination task of UIC and UNIFE has the following objectives:
    • Technical dissemination of the projects results from consortium partners providing the design solutions
    • Networking and technical workshops in two levels
    • Gathering the stakeholders within the rail industry and operators
    • Gathering the stakeholder groups from the entire GREEN project, i.e. road (AVL) and rail (UIC and UNIFE) Contact database

    The contact database would register the relevant railway stakeholders from UIC and UNIFE such as:

    • Product system designers
    • Diesel Experts
    • Product Platform Integrators
    • Sub-suppliers/SME
    • Rolling stock technical experts from operators
    • Acoustics Experts
    • Procurement managers

    The database would be used as the platform for dissemination of the GREEN results. Information packages

    Creation of suitable information packages for the project start, for the technical seminars as well as for the project end (kick off + month 18 and 36). Information for the railway stakeholders using internet and via email/electronic formats would be made available as well. Network events

      Two layers of events:
    • Technical seminars gathering railway stakeholders (members of UIC and UNIFE) (months 18, 36)
    • Technical seminars gathering all stakeholder groups from the entire GREEN project, i.e. road (AVL) and rail (UIC and UNIFE) (months 18, 36)


      UIC + UNIFE:
    • D03.1: Contact database of railway stakeholders (first version month 1, to be updated month 18, and 36)
    • D03.2: Information packages (Kick off, month 18, 36)
    • D03.4: List of rail specifications and identification of technical/operational constraints, month 12
    • D03.5: Technical seminar, month 18
    • D03.12 as detailed in "Deliverable list" Table.

    • D03.3: Technology screening, month 12
    • D03.6: Procurement of multi-cylinder engine, month 18
    • D0.3.7, D0.3.8, D03.9, D03.10, D03.11, D03.12 (as detailed in “Deliverable list” Table)

    Milestones and expected results

    M03.1: Basic research and technology screening shows potential for rail application, month 12
    M03.2: Single-cylinder tests shows potential for migration of HD technologies, month 12
    M03.3: Procurement of multi-cylinder engine successful, month 18
    M03.4, M03.5 (as detailed in “Milestone list” Table)