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

Location

Kirchmoeser

Use

Roller rig for investigating wheel/rail contact

FocusWheel/rail wear
  • Out-of-round wheels
  • Wheel tread damage due to rolling contact fatigue
  • Influence of wheel material
  • Influence of wheel profile
  • Validation and parametrisation of wheel/rail simulation models
  • Testing
  • Wheel materials
  • Wheel profiles
  • New developments for non-destructive testing or diagnostic systems
  • Friction modifiers
Acoustic measurements
  • Rolling noise
  • Curve squeal
  • Influence of wheel noise absorbers

Wheelset

  • Non-driven and powered wheelsets
  • Wheel diameter: 400 to 1,250 mm
  • Material and profile: variable
Rail roller
  • Underfloor arrangement
  • Diameter 2.1 m
  • Rail material: R260
  • Rail profile/inclination: 60E2 / 1:40

Parameters

  • Axle load: up to 340 kN (34 t)
  • Lateral force: up to 30 kN
  • Speed: up to 300 km/h
  • Curves: from 300 m radius up to ∞
  • Lubrication or moistening/irrigation possible

Equipment

  • Concentricity measurement
  • Cross-section measurement
  • Axle box accelerometers
  • NDT for crack detection
Contact

Dr. Stefan Hartmann

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Werkstoff und Fügetechnik

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812 505


 

Location

Kirchmoeser

Use

Linear test rig for investigating wheel/rail contact
FokusWheel/rail wear
  • Cross-section wear
  • Rolling contact fatigue (head checks)
  • Influence of rail material
  • Influence of wheel/rail profile
  • Weld joints
  • Common crossings / frogs
  • Validation and parametrisation of wheel/rail simulation models

Qualification of rails as per DBS 918 254

Testing

  • Rail materials
  • Rail profiles
  • New developments for non-destructive testing or diagnostic systems
  • Friction modifiers

Wheel

  • Wheel diameter: 800 - 920 mm
  • Material and profile: variable

Rail

  • Length: 2.8 to 3.6 m
  • Material and profile: variable
  • Also switches, common crossings / frogs
Parameters
  • 1,000 load cycles/h
  • 20,000 gross tonnes/h with 20 t axle load
  • Axle load: up to 40 t
  • Lateral force: up to 20 kN
  • Curves: from 300 m radius up to ∞
  • Lubrication or moistening/irrigation possible

Equipment

  • 3D geometry measurement
  • NDT for crack detection
Ansprechpartner

Dr. Stefan Hartmann

DB Systemtechnik GmbH
Werkstoff und Fügetechnik

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812 505


Location

Kirchmoeser

Use

Linear test rig for investigating wheel/rail contact when applying longitudinal forces

FocousWheel/rail wear
  • Cross-section wear
  • Rolling contact fatigue (head checks, squats)
  • Influence of wheel/rail material, material pairing
  • Influence of wheel/rail profile, profile pairing
  • Weld joints
  • Validation and parametrisation of wheel/rail wear simulation models

Testing

  • New rail materials
  • Wheel and rail profiles, profile pairing
  • New developments for non-destructive testing or diagnostic systems
  • Friction modifiers
Wheel
  • Wheel diameter: from 640 – 1,250 mm
  • Material and profile: variable
Rail
  • Length: 1.2 to 1.4 m
  • Material and profile: variable

Parameters

  • 5,000 load cycles/h
  • 100,000 gross tonnes/h at 20 t axle load
  • Axle load: up to 40 t
  • Longitudinal force: up to 34 kN
  • Lateral force: up to 60 kN
  • Curves: from 120 m radius up to ∞
  • Lubrication or moistening possible

Equipment

  • Thermography
  • 3D geometry measurement
  • NDT for crack detection
Contact

Patrick Hoffmann

Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-142

Fax: +49 3381 812-222


Location

Kirchmoeser

Use

Roller rig for wheel and wheelset constructions

FocusRolling contact tests under real loads
  • New wheel constructions, also rubber-sprung
  • New wheelset constructions
  • Variable-gauge wheelsets
  • Crack propagation tests on axles
  • Testing new developments for non-destructive testing or diagnostic systems

Wheelset

  • Non-driven and powered wheelsets
  • Wheel diameter: 600 to 1,200 mm
  • Profile: cylindrical
  • Material: variable
Rail roller
  • Underfloor arrangement
  • Diameter 2.1 m
  • Rail profile: cylindrical

Parameters

  • Axle load: up to 340 kN
  • Lateral force: up to 80 kN
  • Speed: up to 160 km/h
  • Programmable load spectrums

Equipment

  • Telemetry for strain gauge measurements
  • Thermography for rubber-sprung wheel constructions
Contact

Thorsten Geburtig

Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik
DB Systemtechnik GmbH

Bahntechnikerring 74
14774 Brandenburg-Kirchmöser
Germany

+49 3381 812-377


 

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