DigitalTrains™ offers a wide array of services designed to empower rail engineers and project managers. Our services facilitate easy simulation execution, swift scenario analysis, and seamless collaboration with colleagues and experts from other organisations, enabling rapid and efficient problem-solving.
Our cost-effective and fast services help set up models and run simulations tailored to your specific challenges, ensuring that you derive maximum value for your projects. We provide support in setting up and saving models of infrastructure, routes, buffer stops, trains and complete simulations. These are placed in your libraries, which are conveniently accessible on your project page.
By offering access to expert assistance in creating bespoke simulations, DigitalTrains™ ensures that you have the necessary resources to overcome challenges and optimise your rail projects. Our comprehensive services are designed to provide an all-inclusive experience, fostering innovation and efficiency in the rail industry.
Custom train using library components
A close approximation of any train setup can be produced using our standard library of train components, or components within your own library. With standard models to suit Metro, Mainline, Freight or Light Rail scenarios. Vehicles can be interconnected with coupling interfaces and configured with standardised suspension systems.
Customised vehicle geometry
Vehicles within DigitalTrains™ can be configured to match the key parameters of real world vehicles. Starting with standard models we can customise a vehicle to match a given specification.
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By incorporating Vampire Pro, DigitalTrains™ is able to provide detailed simulations of the suspension components that are important to rail vehicle behaviour. Whilst DigitalTrains™ contains a library of standard bogies, these are idealised models and may not suit every scenario. A custom bogie can be created to allow you to more accurately simulate the longitudinal dynamics of your train.
Custom coupling interface using library components
DigitalTrains™ contains a large library of coupling and anti-climber/side-buffer devices, these can be collected together to form a coupling interface. These coupling interfaces can be designed to match an existing real-world scenario, or designed to explore new configurations. Working together with DigitalTrains™ coupling interfaces can be designed to match your needs.
Custom coupling Interface using user defined components
Coupling interfaces within DigitalTrains™ can be created using a combination of pre-defined and custom devices. For example a custom deformation tube, rubber, spring or other device with a linear characteristic. These characteristics can be uploaded to DigitalTrains™ to allow for the simulation of rolling stock that more accurately reflect real world coupling solutions.
Hydraulic performance optimisation of a coupling interface
The hydraulic absorption devices within DigitalTrains™ can be optimised for the specific application on which they are used. The optimisation process designs only robust, manufacturable solutions, and requires no expertise of the user. Hydraulic devices can be optimised to target either the lowest possible force, or the maximum coupling speed.
Coupling interface Super Elements
The public library of coupling interfaces within DigitalTrains™ are also available as super elements ready for integration into finite element analysis packages. The DigitalTrains™ team will provide you with compiled object files for your chosen interface and offer advice on how best to integrate these within your own analysis process.
Customised interface components (CAD)
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As well as allowing you to simulate your own device characteristics DigitalTrains™ is also able to incorporate custom 3D modelling for interface components, for display in the 3D simulation animations.
Customised vehicle model (CAD)
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If the standard library of vehicle models within DigitalTrains™ does not suit your needs, we can configure the display of a custom 3D model, imported from CAD, within our 3D animations.
Customised vehicle livery
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All the vehicles in DigitalTrains™ can be rebranded in a livery to suit the needs of your project.
DigitalTrains™ can simulate a variety of scenarios; identical Train into Identical Train, Train into a Different Train and Train into a Buffer Stop. These scenarios can be simulated either by modelling the train in one dimension to determine longitudinal forces or as a full three dimensional model including the movements of the suspension system. Using existing vehicles and/or Buffer Stops from your library the DigitalTrains™ team can configure a simulation to meet your specifications.
|Train into Identical Train
|Train into Different Train
|Train into Buffer Stop
|Longitudinal Only Analysis
|3D Model with Suspension Analysis
Supplementary Simulation Forces
Adding additional forces to the vehicles during a simulation. Defining Brake and Drive force (tractive) events to allow you to analyse the performance of a coupling solution under various scenarios occurring either during an impact or during “train running” operation. Using existing vehicles and characteristics from your library, the DigitalTrains™ team can configure detailed Braking and Drive characteristics into your simulation to meet your specifications.
|Braking Events Only
|Drive Force Events Only
|Braking and Drive Force Events
Track lift vertical force applied to track
Supply a graph of the vertical force applied to the track by a sliding friction stop during an impact. Using an existing buffer stop into train simulation.
Optimised buffer stop performance – sliding
DigitalTrains™ contains a large library of Buffer Stop configurations, however there are many ways to optimise the performance of these configurations to ensure the best results are being achieved. For Sliding Buffer Stops the Friction Shoe characteristics can be optimised to target a combination of key constrains; Space, Impact Speed and Target Force.
Optimised buffer stop performance – hydraulic sliding
DigitalTrains™ contains a large library of Buffer Stop configurations, however there are many ways to optimise the performance of these configurations to ensure the best results are being achieved. For Sliding Buffer Stops the Friction Shoe characteristics can be optimised to target a combination of key constrains; Space, Impact Speed and Target Force. Additionally the Hydraulic Buffers can also be optimised in relation to the anticipated impact mass to ensure optimal performance.
Map existing railway from online mapping/satellite view
DigitalTrains™ has the tools to effectively trace in existing railway infrastructure, allowing for the creation of a Digital Twin of real world track layouts. Producing an accurate-to-reality Route Profile is a complex task, when survey data is not available, one of the best alternatives is to use available online mapping to trace the route.
Map existing railway from GPS route data
DigitalTrains™ has the tools to process GPS data from a real-world route, allowing for the creation of a Digital Twin of track layouts. Producing an accurate-to-reality Route Profile is a complex task, when survey data is not available one of the best alternatives is to use available GPS data as a starting point.
Map railway using survey data
DigitalTrains™ has the tools to create an accurate Digital Twin of track layouts using survey data. Producing an accurate-to-reality Route Profile is a complex task, using survey data we can define the curves, straights and transitions of a track in the format required of DigitalTrains. Additionally we include Cant and track irregularities to allow for a more in-depth simulation.
Creation of a test facility digital twin
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DigitalTrains™ can be used to develop a complete Digital Twin of a rail test facility, allowing for digital re-creation of track conditions, including track irregularities and cant and for 3D modelling of the environmental surroundings, including track side infrastructure and ground works. Each test facility is unique, and no one Digital Twin is alike, but the DigitalTrains™ team has the expertise and experience to build a cost effective solution for your Digital Twin needs.
Add event markers to route profile
When using Route Profiles within DigitalTrains™ users can add markers to enable/disable braking and drive force events along the route. These markers can be added to any existing route, and then configured with events during the creation of a simulation. The DigitalTrains™ team is able to assist in the optimal creation of the markers.
Add structural CAD model to route profile
Route profiles within DigitalTrains™ can be enhanced with 3D visuals imported from CAD software, these visuals can give much needed context to simulations, allowing users to visualise how rolling stock will interact with the real world structural elements. Additionally 3D visuals can be used to create engaging concept visualisations for project stakeholders and the public.
Mapping & rendering background scene
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Route profiles within DigitalTrains™ can be enhanced with the inclusion of a detailed digital environment. The team at DigitalTrains™ is able to take 3rd party data such as mapping, satellite imagery and elevation data to produce a Digital Twin of a whole environment, this combined with a Route Profile allows for the creation of engaging project visualisations.