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On track to reinforce train safety

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Train travel is one of the safest modes of transport. For it to remain so, regular inspection and maintenance of train axles is vital to ensuring the structural integrity of wheelsets. The EU-funded AXLEINSPECT project has developed new ultrasonic inspection technology that makes check-ups both easier and more reliable than conventional methods.

Between 1995 and 2010, train axle failure – which can lead to derailments and other issues – could have caused 33 deaths and 48 injuries in Europe alone Regular inspection and maintenance of axles can help to prevent such incidents by detecting signs of material stress and fatigue before they can have fatal results, says the AXLEINSPECT team.

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