Temperatures exceeding 50°C, dust, rain, vibration: Trains in the Australian outback have to meet extremely demanding requirements. The renowned Institute for Rail Technology (IRT) decided to use HBM's particularly rugged SoMat eDAQ data acquisition system when designing a new measurement vehicle for the transport of iron ore.
Australia has massive deposits of iron ore. Heavy haul freight trains that have to travel great distances are used for transporting the material from the mines in the Australian outback to the ports.
The freight lines are the lifeline of the international iron and steel industry. Therefore, long-term operational reliability of trains and tracks is of enormous importance - in particular under the extreme conditions in the Australian outback.
The Institute for Rail Technology (IRT), based at Monash University in Melbourne, has led many research projects to support rail operations in continually increasing reliability and efficiency.