Deutsche Bahn

Testing facilities

DB Systemtechnik offers you a wide range of high-quality testing facilities.

Fire protection

LocationKirchmoeser, Bahntechnikerring 74, Germany

Operation

Fire-resistance tests

Testing equipment
  • Cone calorimeter
  • Smoke density chamber and FTIR
  • Floor radiant panel
  • Spread of flame apparatus
  • Combustion shaft
  • Combustion box
Contact

Dr. Katrin Mädler

Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-337

Fax: +49 3381 812-222



Fatigue strength

LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany

Operation

Strength and function tests for components of vehicles and permanent ways

Equipment
  • Task-specific test arrangements
Testing conditions
  • Dynamic forces up to 600 kN
  • Static forces up to 4 MN
Contact

Bernhard Krause

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Betriebsfestigkeit und Simulation

Pionierstraße 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-2001

Fax: +49 571 393-5582



LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany
OperationBogie frame
Testing conditionsEN 13749

  • Dynamic forces up to 600 kN
  • Static forces up to 4 MN
Equipment

Load portal and freely selectable load force supports

Contact

Bernhard Krause

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Betriebsfestigkeit und Simulation

Pionierstraße 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-2001

Fax: +49 571 393-5582



LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany
Operation

Fatigue resistance and crack progression tests on wheels and shafts

Equipment

Prestressed bed with out-of-balance excitation

Testing conditions
  • EN 13261 and EN 13262
  • Rotational bending force (level and frequency depend on the object to be tested)
Contact

Jens Schikora

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Betriebsfestigkeit und Simulation

Pionierstraße 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-5676

Fax: +49 571 393-5582


Location

Minden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany
Operation

All types of side window

Equipment

Pressure chambers of different sizes

Testing conditions
  • UIC 566
  • Dynamic pressures up to 10 kPa
  • Frequencies up to 10 Hz
  • Sinusoidal and square-wave signal
Contact

Axel Schenk

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Betriebsfestigkeit und Simulation

Pionierstraße 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-5652

Fax: +49 571 393-5582



LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany
Operation

Axle box

Equipment

Test bed shafts with diameters of 120 mm, 130 mm and 150 mm

Testing conditions

EN 12082
Speed up to 3,000 rpm (500 km/h)
Axle load up to 27 t
Headwind simulation at 20°C

Contact

Axel Schenk

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Betriebsfestigkeit und Simulation

Pionierstraße 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-5652

Fax: +49 571 393-5582



LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany
OperationBodies
EquipmentModular pressure frame 
Testing conditions
  • EN 12663-1 and -2
  • Static forces up to 2,000 kN
  • Lift forces/stroke motions up to 400 mm
Contact

Hartmut Klein

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Betriebsfestigkeit und Simulation

Pionierstraße 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-1325

Fax: +49 571 393-5582



LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany
Operation

Rail vehicles, load securing

EquipmentShunting test bed
Testing conditions
  • EN 12663-1 and -2
  • Vehicle speeds up to 15 km/h
Contact

Hartmut Klein

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Betriebsfestigkeit und Simulation

Pionierstraße 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-1325

Fax: +49 571 393-5582



Brake system testing

LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany

Operation

Brake / friction dynamometer
Use
  • Wheels, brake discs (axle-mounted brake discs /wheel-mounted brake discs), shoes, linings
  • Certification testing (UIC/DIN EN/TSI)
  • Simulation of operational scenarios (real rail line/load profiles)
Testing conditions
  • 2200 rpm (350 km/h according to a simulating wheel diameter of 890mm)
Contact

 

LocationMinden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany

Operation

Testing and optimisation of

  • Wheel slide protection
  • Wheel rotating monitoring system (WRM)

Testing of components, e.g.

  • Axle speed sensors
  • WSP dump valves
Key testing requirements
  • UIC 541-05 
  • EN 15595
Testing conditions
  • Wheel slide protection systems for up to 6 axles
  • Maximum speeds up to 500 km/h
  • Hardware-in-the-loop testing
  • Wheelset simulation via electric motors
  • Pneumatic system with air consumption measurement
Contact

Sebastian Heinz

DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Pionierstr. 10
32423 Minden
Germany

+49 571 393-5425

Fax: +49 571 393-5601


 

EMC/EMF

LocationMünchen, Völckerstraße 5, Germany

Operation

EMC component tests

Testing equipment
  • Absorber chamber with ferrite absorber lining
  • Dimensions: 7.4 m x 3.1 m x 3 m (L x W x H)
  • Performance of development-accompanying emissions measurements in the frequency domain of 30 MHz to 1 GHz
  • Performance of emissions and radiation-specific immunity measurements taken from a measurement distance of 3 m
  • Test receiver/spectrum analyser for tests in accordance with DIN EN 50121-3-2 and regulation no. EMC 06 available
  • Power amplifier for development-accompanying immunity tests available
Contact

Dr. Wilhelm Baldauf

DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Völckerstraße 5
80939 München

+49 89 1308-7452

Fax: +49 89 1308-2478


Location

München, Völckerstraße 5, Germany

Operation

Static measurements

Tests

  • Immunity testing of components (e.g. axle counters, GPE) against magnetic fields
  • Calibration of magnetic field probes and magnetometers

Testing area

  • Superimposing both fields gives rise to an area with a largely homogeneous magnetic field between both coils near the coil axis that can be freely accessed for experiments.
Contact

Dr. Wilhelm Baldauf

DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Völckerstraße 5
80939 München

+49 89 1308-7452

Fax: +49 89 1308-2478



Environmental control system

MEiKE - The Minden facility for climate technical inspection of railway vehicles

Location

Minden, Pionierstraße 10, Germany

Operation

Static measurements
Use
  • Function tests for components (e.g. doors, couplings, brakes)
  • Air conditioning type tests for railway vehicles
  • Energy consumption investigations:
    -Analyses and evaluation of environmental control systems (air conditioning systems)
    -Optimisation of thermal comfort
    -Thermography analyses
    -Analyses of components used in climate control and air conditioning systems
    -Determination of the k-value of vehicles
  • Simulation of the solar radiation for the drivers´s cab

Testing conditions

  • Temperature range in test chamber from -25°C to +45°C
  • Snow and icing systems
  • Controlled humidification of the chamber air at temperatures higher than +10°C
  • Location and time-based consistency of testing condition in accordance with the relevant standards
  • Test chamber size up to 75 m x 5 m x 5 m (L x W x H)

Contact

Dr. Jörg Rothhämel

DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Völckerstraße 5
80939 München

+49 89 1308-5609



Wheel/rail contact

LocationKirchmoeser, Bahntechnikerring 74, Germany

Operation

Roller rig for wheel/rail contact

Use
  • Wear and rolling contact fatigue
  • Rolling tests with lubrication and brake slip
  • Acoustic analyses, curve squeal, rolling noise, wheel noise absorber
  • Vibration analyses
  • Tests with wheelset and bearing diagnosis systems

Wheelset

  • Carrying and powered wheelsets with a wheel tread diameter of 400 to 1,250 mm


Load, control
  • Axle load up to 340 kN, shear force up to 30 kN
  • Up to 300 km/h, dynamic, freely programmable
  • Skew, brake slip, lubrication, moistening
Contact

Dr. René Heyder

Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-470

Fax: +49 3381 812-222

 

LocationKirchmoeser, Bahntechnikerring 74, Germany

Operation

Linear test bed for wheel/rail contact

Use
  • Wear and crack formation
  • Interaction between wheel and rail
  • Rail segments
  • Application and connection weldings
  • Insulated rail joints
  • Complete common crossings and pairs of switches

Devices under test

  • Rail and switch segments with lengths of 2.8 to 3.6 m

Load, control
  • Load cycles/h, approx. 1 MGT/d
  • Contact force up to 200 kN, shear force up to 20 kN
  • Wheel flange offset, skew
Contact

Dr. René Heyder

Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-470

Fax: +49 3381 812-222


 

LocationKirchmoeser, Bahntechnikerring 74, Germany

Operation

Small linear test bed for wheel/rail contact

Use
  • Common crossings with reduction in scale
  • Rewelding of pairs of switches
  • Insulated rail joints
  • Welding filler materials, weld joints
Devices under test
  • Rail segments of up to 1 m in length

Load, control
  • 5,000 load cycles/h; approx. 5 MGT/d
  • Contact force up to 200 kN
  • Wheel flange offset, skew
Contact

Dr. René Heyder

Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-470

Fax: +49 3381 812-222


 

 

LocationKirchmoeser, Bahntechnikerring 74, Germany

Operation

Heavy-duty test bed for wheelsets
Use
  • Wheel constructions with elastic springs, e.g. tram wheels
  • Wheelset constructions, e.g. adjustable wheelsets
  • Fatigue crack growth of axle shafts
  • Inspection of shaft-hub connections

Wheelset

  • Powered wheelsets (wheel tread diameter 600 to 1,200 mm)

Load, control
  • E.g. 10 million load changes (continuous load) in 12 days
  • Axle load up to 340 kN, shear force up to 80 kN
  • Up to 160 km/h, programmable load spectrums
Ansprechpartner

Dr. René Heyder

Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-470

Fax: +49 3381 812-222

 

Pantograph/overhead line

LocationMünchen, Völckerstraße 5, Germany

Operation

Pantograph testing
Use
  • Pantograph
Testing conditions
  • Forces up to 550 kN
  • Frequency range 0 to 20 Hz
  • Track profile simulation
Contact

Dr. Frank Rick

Prüfungen Antriebs- und Energietechnik (EBA-Gutachter)
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Völckerstr. 5
80939 München
Germany

+49 89 1308-7460

Fax: +49 89 1308-6608



Non-destructive testing

Location
Kirchmoeser, Bahntechnikerring 74, Germany
Operation

Ultrasonic cracking test for wheelsets 

Testing conditions
  • Wheelset removed
  • Transverse crack testing on wheel rim of wheels with a comparative defect depth from 2 mm
  • Radial cracks in the wheel disk of wheels with a comparative defect depth from 2 mm
Contact

Dr. Jochen Kurz

DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kichmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-312

Fax: +49 3381 812-348