Sensor sleepers being tried in Vienna

More work done within In2Track3 project, now from our partner Getzner in Austria on a new elastomer solution. Newly implemented elastomer solutions from Getzner lower the ballast degradation in the installed next-generation demonstrator turnouts near Vienna.

Photo credit: Harald Loy, Getzner

The elastic component solutions made from Sylomer® and Sylodyn® are expected to significantly improve the long-term behavior of the turnouts compared to the present state-of-the-art. The Sensor Sleepers from Getzner Werkstoffe allow the load distribution between the ballast and sleeper to be measured directly on the underside of the sleeper.

Thin sensors measure the loads and contact pressure as the trains pass over; the valuable data can then be processed and stored in the cloud. Getzner Werkstoffe has set itself the task of adding the emerging technical developments in the digitalization field regarding measurement and monitoring innovations to its capabilities.

This is done with regard to their elastomer solutions in order to maximize the benefit of track responsibilities and railway operators – on the track and in turnouts.

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