Propulsion technology – mechanical

Article: Propulsion technology – mechanical

Internal combustion engines, exhaust-gas treatment systems, gearboxes, etc..

Profit from our know-how which extends across the entire operative lifecycle of rail vehicles, from initial concept studies, to specific procurement projects, through to modernisation programmes and redesign activities. 

Tailor-made products for mechanical propulsion technology:

DB Systemtechnik has acquired many years of experience in the operative design of powertrain systems used for electric and combustion engine traction, railcars, locomotives and service cars.

  1. Profit from our know-how which extends across the entire operative lifecycle of rail vehicles, from initial concept studies, to specific procurement projects, through to modernisation programmes and redesign activities.
  2. Of particularly special importance to us in this context is realising close integration with your production conditions in operation and maintenance so that we can provide you with an optimal solution.
  3. From smaller issues such as clarifying disagreements or discrepancies in technical documentation, to complex analysis of damage incidents and optimisation measures, through to large-scale conversion projects – leverage our expertise to obtain a propulsion system that is both cost efficient and reliable.
  4. We would be happy to consult with you to ensure that your propulsion systems operate reliably while also minimising running costs.

Sie beschaffen ein neues Schienenfahrzeug? Wir unterstützen Sie im Bereich mechanische Antriebstechnik durch

  • Erstellung technischer Lastenhefte
  • Begleitung der Bietergespräche
  • Überprüfung und Bewertung der Angebote
  • Abnahme von Typtests und Erstmusterprüfungen
  • Monitoring in der Gewährleistung
  • Durchsetzen von Gewährleistungsansprüchen
  • Umsetzen der Herstellervorgaben in eigene Instandhaltungsregelwerke
  • Prognose des Energieverbrauchs auf Ihren Strecken

Are you looking to purchase a new rail vehicle? We can assist you in mechanical propulsion technology by

  • Drafting technical specifications
  • Accompanying discussions with tenderers
  • Reviewing and assessing offers
  • Accepting type tests and first article inspections
  • Warranty monitoring
  • Enforcing warranty claims
  • Integrating manufacturer specifications in company-specific maintenance regulations
  • Forecasting energy consumption along your track lines

Are you looking to upgrade one of your propulsion systems? We can assist you in the following areas:

  • Re-engining
  • Retrofitting exhaust aftertreatment systems
  • Replacing powershift, turbo or final drive gearing
  • Replacing propshafts
  • Integrating in existing vehicle control systems
  • Adapting fuel systems
  • Approving modified propulsion systems

Are your drive components not performing at the level that you want? We can offer you the following:

  • Monitoring
  • Damage and causal analysis, including for insurance policies and the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA)
  • Development of customised rectification measures in design, operation, maintenance and overhauling
  • Consultation for your maintenance programme
  • Auditing of workshops and suppliers

Are your type support/technical fleet management personnel in need of assistance? We can provide the following:

  • Definition of the target condition/state
  • Drafting of technical change descriptions/change notifications
  • Accompaniment and monitoring of operational testing
  • Monitoring of components

Do you rely on innovations? We have acquired many years of experience in:

  • Alternative fuels
  • Natural gas drive systems (CNG & LNG)
  • Exhaust aftertreatment systems
  • Alternative drive concepts
  • Hybrid drives

Do you want to lower your propulsion system lifecycle costs (LCC)? We can assist you in the following areas:

  • Extending of maintenance interval measures
  • Design optimisation of your drive systems and auxiliary equipment
  • Analysis of cost-effective substitutes
  • Analysis of alternative component overhaulers
  • Optimisation of in-house maintenance and overhaul activities
  • Development of driving recommendations to save fuel by simulating your vehicle on your railway lines

Our areas of know-how:

  • Simulation of drive systems with respect to energy consumption and pollutant emissions in realistic driving environments
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Fuel systems
  • Consumption measurement equipment
  • Pollutant emissions/reduction in pollutant emissions
  • Exhaust-gas treatment systems
  • Alternative fuels
  • Preheating systems/water heating units
  • Cooling systems
  • Hydrodynamic and hydromechanical transmissions
  • Traction generators
  • Electric traction motors
  • Couplings
  • Cardan shafts
  • Final drives/wheelset reversing transmissions
  • Hydrostatic drives
  • Auxiliary equipment drives
  • Drive controllers
  • Hybrid drives and alternative drive technologies
  • Rolling bearings
  • Electrotechnical fire safety equipment/measures

Our equipment

If required, we will make use of our test laboratories to address your specific concerns.