Vehicle-track interfaces

Specialists in every aspect of vehicle-track interaction

We provide a wide range of services focused squarely on the complex interfaces between rolling stock and infrastructure.

How we can support you

We have a global network of teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, so we can undertake site visits to examine and measure the issues on the field or work remotely using your inputs.

Our team conducts detailed investigations using various techniques, such as multi-body vehicle dynamics simulations, finite element analysis, predictive modelling and special measurement and testing tools for components such as wheel/rail and pantograph/catenary interactions, vehicle dynamics, gauging, aerodynamics, noise and vibrations, soil dynamics adhesion and EMC.

We also offer independent assessment and engineering safety management services - such as Notified or Designated Body certification - and can develop safety cases to support product approval applications. Where appropriate, we ensure projects apply relevant safety approaches, such as the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment.

  • Designing and selecting the correct materials and components - including special trackwork elements such as switches and crossings - to meet relevant requirements and achieve whole-life targets.
  • Overseeing performance improvements and controlling safety risks and costs for infrastructure managers, train operators and maintainers.
  • Optimising infrastructure capacity and reducing transit times by improving braking performance of rolling stock.
  • Delivering better ride quality to improve the customer experience.

Our experienced teams of engineers possess a solid background in the fundamental principles of railway vehicle-track interaction and contribute to various national and international committees and working groups.

They will ensure your projects have access to the latest techniques, research and industry best practice and the support of experts with a proven record of delivering trusted advice that delivers value.

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Why choose Ricardo

International scope

A global network of specialists who can undertake site visits or work remotely using your inputs.

Assurance and certification support

We can offer independent assessment and engineering safety management services, as well as support product approval applications. 

An industry voice

With our experts contributing to industry committees and working groups, you gain access to the latest techniques and best practice

Vehicle-track interfaces


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