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Railway - Infrastructure, Resource management, Vehicles, Research and Innovation

RISE has a wide range of expertise in a variety of areas within railway applications. Our competence ranges from technical testing and evaluation to measurement methods, timetable planning, service development and automation.

At RISE, research has a prominent place and the projects are run both nationally, with funding from financiers such as the Swedish Transport Administration and Vinnova, and internationally, with funding primarily from the EU in programs such as Shift2Rail. RISE holds both railway specialists and subject specialists linking together knowledge in different application areas. RISE is also active in standardization work. 

What makes RISE unique is that we can provide support throughout all parts of the innovation process, from applied research to testing and certification of products. We have both technical and social science perspectives and we take both the society and the individuals into consideration. 

Testing, Evaluation and Certification

RISE is accredited according to ISO 17025 and has large test & demo resources in many areas that are relevant for railway applications. In Borås there are test beds for mechanical tests, fire tests, climatic testis, acoustic tests and many more. For example, within infrastructure and concrete construction we are a testing partner and perform tests of, for instance, ballast and concrete for use on railways. Our test reports can be used as a basis for type testing or internal production control for CE marking and to show compliance with other requirements set by the Swedish Transport Administration and other procurement agencies. 

Research and Innovation

RISE's research and innovation activities in railway applications are wide in scope and include infrastructure, vehicles and planning/management of the railway system and much more. We have expertise in, for instance, maintenance, infrastructure, vehicles and transportation flows. Some of our specialist areas are timetable planning, resource optimization, measurement technology, noise and digitalisation. We also work with organizational transformation and implementation of the innovation process. 

RISE collaborates with several research centres, authorities and companies in the railway sector and is part of the research programme Capacity in the Rail Traffic (KAJT), which is one of Sweden's main actors in railway research. 

Areas of competence

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Mechanical reliability and life

Nationally unique by combining advanced mechanical life testing with cutting edge knowledge within reliability and computations.  
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Accelerated corrosion testing

Climate chamber testing is used to compare the corrosion resistance of different materials and material combinations in different atmospheric environments. We offer a large number of accelerated tests in corrosion chambers, climat…
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The facility combines a multimodal perception lab with complete technical measurement resources, and is unique at a European level.
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Fire testing furnaces

A test bed for evaluating different constructions' fire resistance using extensive equipment.
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Fire Laboratories

The testbed offers fire testing and evaluation of the fire properties of products in relation to requirements of markets or authorities around the world. Our concept is to, parallel to testing, conduct research and keep us updated…
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Visualisation table

A virtual environmnet that creates an internationally unique user experience using touch interaction and exploration of complex data sets across diverse application domains.
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Battery, hybrid system, fuelcell and hydrogen applications

Unique in the Nordic region with the broadest battery test facility. The facility is open for all stakeholders and can handle large objects.
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Testbed for EMC & Wireless Communication. Unique on European level and can handle all types of products from hand held units to large vehicles and machines for EMC as well as wireless communication over a broad frequency range…