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Prof. Dr. Christian Schindler
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Joint Technology Initiatives
Project duration:
01.12.2020 to 31.12.2022
EU contribution:
2.419.968,75 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101013296.  


Innovative Technologies for Inspecting Carbodies and for Development of Running Gear


Cost-efficient and reliable long-lasting trains are essential for the success of any railway transport system. The EU-funded Gearbodies project will work to promote the development of lighter and more energy efficient and comfortable passenger trains. Specifically, it will improve the efficiency of rolling stock maintenance and extend overhaul periods by developing high-performance and long-lifetime components for running gear. Improved maintenance processes will be advanced by developing innovative non-destructive testing technologies to advance inspection processes for lightweight carbody cells. Gearbodies will design and model several elastomer-metal running gear components, explore innovative technologies to develop low life cycle cost bearings and will produce a mobile prototype to inspect composite carbody shell efficiently.


  • EURNEX e.V., Germany (Coordinator)
  • Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, Germany
  • Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste, Spain
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis, Greece
  • Università degli Studi di Roma la Sapienza, Italy
  • University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • AKKA I&S, France
  • University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas, Lithuania
  • Union des Industries Ferroviaires Européennes – UNIFE, Belgium
  • DASEL SL, Spain
  • Société Anonyme de Caoutchouc Technique, France