Locomotive bOgie Condition mAinTEnance


The LOCATE project will develop a set of tools to access the condition of freight locomotive bogies to implement a condition-based maintenance program.

It is the goal of LOCATE to contribute to an optimization of the availability of rolling stock, the quality of service, maintenance costs and return of investment.

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The main objective of the LOCATE project is to replace as necessary as possible the preventive conditional or scheduled maintenance of mechanical parts of the bogie by predictive maintenance.

This goal will be achieved by overcoming some of the historical challenges of maintenance subject, by:

1. Developing optimized condition-based maintenance strategies using dynamic tools locating and evaluating the impact on the such overall approach of CBM in maintenance planning and railway operations;

2. Developing intelligent tools integrated for the operation of the overall maintenance policy: supporting localization of faulty components, maintenance scheduling and integrating maintenance operations tasks into daily services, while ensuring appropriate inventory control of stock and spare parts and assigning maintenance crew/ technicians according to their skills/competences;

3. Testing and validating in practice an open architecture able to carry asset management data to the operator beyond the locomotive bogie, locating events and defects on freight wagons, track condition, etc.

4. Developing a minimal digital twin for the bogie system, based on vehicle dynamic simulations and post-processing, while considering the local requirements of the system. In this way, providing a comprehensive methodology to derive minimal digital twins of complex mechatronic railway systems;

5. Applying a cost-effective and reliability-based sensor design to locate defects and monitor structural integrity of critical and high cost components of the bogie following an in-depth analysis of freight-specific use cases;

6. Improving overall competitiveness of freight rail transport, increasing the freight reliability and availability, and providing a shift from inspection activities and associated costs to cost-effective remote defect localization and monitoring solutions.

Project structure

WP NumberWP TitleLead beneficiary
WP2Requirements and SpecificationsEVOLEO TECHNOLOGIES LDA
WP3Measured BehaviorVIBRATEC



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Final Brochure


Please note that some of these deliverables might be undergoing S2R JU review and acceptance processes. At this stage these deliverables reflect only the author’s views and the S2R JU is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information they contain.

WP NoDel Rel. NoDel NoTitleDescriptionLead BeneficiaryNatureDissemination LevelEst. Del. Date (annex I)Receipt DateApproval DateStatus
WP1D1.1D1Gender Strategy Plan A plan ensuring gender equality and the consideration of any gender perspectives in the project.EVOLEOReportPublic31 Dec 201920 Dec 201927 Mar 2020Approved
WP1D1.2D2Quality Assurance Plan A plan ensuring that the quality of the technical aspects of the project are fulfilling the necessary criteria.EVOLEOReportPublic31 Jan 202028 Apr 202015 Sep 2020Approved
WP1D1.3D3Data Management PlanA plan that outlines how data are to be handled both during the execution project, and after the project is completed.EVOLEOReportPublic31 Jan 202010 Mar 202013 Apr 2020Approved
WP2D2.1D4Use Cases DescriptionA document describing the case study where the demonstrator will be implemented, including the stories, interfaces and actors involved.UICReportPublic31 Jan 202006 Feb 202113 Apr 2021Approved
WP2D2.2D5Report on Standard and RegulationsA document describing the research of applicable standards and regulations for the project.UICReportPublic31 Jan 202027 Mar 202015 Sep 2020Approved
WP2D2.3D6FMECA AnalysisA document with the report of FMECA AnalysisEVOLEOReportPublic31 Mar 202006 Feb 202113 Apr 2021Approved
WP2D2.4D7Requirements and Architecture SpecificationA Document describing the architecture and the requirements that it implements. There will be also associated the tests to be performed as means of verification of the requirements implementation.VIBRATECReportPublic30 Apr 202008 Feb 202113 Apr 2021Approved
WP3D3.1D8Available technologies assessment reportA assessment of available technologies with a trade-off analysis.VIBRATECReportPublic30 Apr 202013 Apr 202124 May 2021Approved
WP3D3.2D9List of Selected Sensors and DevicesA document describing the conclusion of the tests performed to the different sensors and devices.VIBRATECReportConfidential28 Feb 202124 May 202102 Aug 2021Approved
WP3D3.3D10LOCATE Monitoring System SpecificationA document describing the different components of the monitoring system.EVOLEOReportConfidential31 Dec 2021Approved
D14Available Models Assessment ReportReport with the assessment of existing models and simulations applicable to the project, including results from associated projects.ISTReportPublic30 Apr 202007 Feb 202113 Apr 2021Approved
WP4D4.2D15Computational Models SpecificationSpecification of the algorithms and computational modelsEVOLEOReportConfidential28 Feb 202123 Mar 202109 Jun 2021Approved
WP4D4.3D16Behaviour Prediction ,Simulation and Post Processing Results ReportA report containing the results expected as behaviour based on simulations while accessing the quality of the project results regarding predictive degradation of components.ISTReportPublic30 Apr 2022Approved
WP5D5.1D18Operational Constraints Identification Reporta document describing operational constraints in maintenance shops with relevance for LOCATE projectUICReportPublic30 Apr 202009 Feb 202113 Apr 2021Approved
WP5D5.2D19Monitoring and Thresholds Rules SpecificationA set of specifications for thresholds and monitoring rules.UICReportPublic30 Apr 202115 Feb 2022Approved
WP5D5.3D20Scheduling FlowchartBaseline Flowcharts of maintenance with respect to components under surveillance. ISTReportConfidential30 Jun 202115 Feb 2022Approved
WP5D5.4D21LOCATE Software user manualUser manual for the Software developed for LOCATE.EVOLEOReportConfidential30 Apr 2022Approved
WP6D6.1D23System Test and RAMS Analysis ReportA report stating the results of the tests campaigns and the RAMS Analysis of LOCATE componentsEVOLEOReportConfidential31 Jan 2022Approved
WP6D6.2D24LOCATE Predictive Maintenance FrameworkDescription of the implementation of the LOCATE predictive maintenance framework including the integration with planned and unplanned maintenance activities, comparison with the proposed system requirements and further developments required for produce a final operational system.UICReportPublic30 Apr 2022Approved
WP7D7.1D27Dissemination and Communication Plan Detailed action plan for reaching the target audiences. It will focus on time planning of the various activities in this WP and on defining communication strategies in order to maximise the impact of the project dissemination.UICReportPublic29 Feb 202013 Apr 202013 Apr 2020Approved
WP7D7.2D28Dissemination Report and Exploitation PlanThis document will report all dissemination and communication actions performed during the project life and LOCATE exploitation plan.EVOLEOReportPublic30 Apr 2022Approved
WP7D7.3D29Recommendations BrochureThis document will be a recommendations document which can be a basis of recommendations for new standards.UICReportPublic30 Apr 2022Approved

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LOCATE Final brochure

The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking LOCATE project has come to an end. Discover a summary of our results in the project final brochure at: bit.ly/3BaQnGE For further information, please contact Christine HASSOUN, dissemination advisor at UIC. This Read more…


Project coordinator:
Mr. Rodolfo Martins
Ms. Christine Hassoun

This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 881805 (LOCATE)

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