Research and innovative activities of VUZ

VUZ is involved in national and international research projects in the field of railway systems and rail transport. It cooperates with leading manufacturers, academic institutions and industry organizations within the Czech Republic, the European Union and outside it. The VUZ experts are members of professional groups, committees and organizations specializing in modern control and safety systems, friction brake element properties and noise and vibration issues.

Research projects


Project CARBODIN no. 881814 (S2R-OC-IP1-01-2019)

Basic data:

  • • Project start 1 December 2019
  • • Project end 30 November 2021
  • • Project budget EUR 3,549,291.25
  • • Call S2R-OC-IP1-01-2019

Project goals:

The project focuses on the implementation of composite materials into railway vehicles and on improving the properties/conditions associated with driving and travelling by train. The project outputs will combine various production techniques, automation concepts, the introduction of co-cured and co-bonded composite parts. The role of VUZ in the project is the analysis of the relevant TSI standards and related EN standards for the assessment of the technical solution of the project which is necessary for the successful transfer of the new product from the development phase to the test phase, eventually the start of mass production.

The output of the PIVOT and PIVOT2 projects are the functional prototypes of railway vehicle parts with the use of innovative materials (composite technology). The task of the CARBODIN project is to follow the results of these projects and to ensure production technology for serial production.



Project INNOWAG no. 730863 (S2R-OC-IP5-03-2015)

  • • Project start  1 November 2015
  • • Project end 30 April 2019
  • • Project budget EUR 1,500,562.50
  • • Call S2R-OC-IP5-03-2015

Project goals:

The goal of the project is to develop new solutions for intelligent monitoring of freight cars and predictive maintenance that, in connection with the new light car concept, can respond to the current challenges of in the field of competitiveness, attractiveness and sustainability of the European rail freight transport.


Project TrainLoc no. TIRSMD707 (TAČR program BETA)

  • • Project start 1 August 2019
  • • Project end 31 December 2021
  • • Project budget CZK 7,906,240.80
  • • Call TAČR program BETA 2

Project goals:

The goal of the project “TIRSMD707 Design and verification of conditions for the deployment of safe train locators based on GNSS systems in the Czech railway network” is to look into the impact of the railway environment (technical aspect) to verify the conditions and requirements for the deployment of safe train location systems using GNSS satellite navigation systems. Also to develop a procedure for testing the reception quality and the degree of interference of GNSS signals in the Czech railway network; taking into account the related legislative aspects, including the international element.



EURNEX (European Rail Research Network of Excellence)

The European Rail Research Network of Excellence (EURNEX) was set up under the Sixth Framework Program for Research, Technology and Development of the European Union.

VUZ is a member of the EURNEX which integrates leading railway researchers from scientific institutions and universities across Europe.




The goal of the project is to reduce energy consumption on European railways by 6% by 2020, to look for solutions to reduce the energy intensity of railway rolling stock, infrastructure and operations (scenarios, models, methodologies, simulations, etc.). VUZ participates in the working group SP3 - “Trackside” dealing with energy savings resulting from the modification of components of the existing traction systems and innovations of traction systems. The project ran from September 2006 to the end of 2010.

The aim was to arrange the measurement of electrical parameters of traction lines and parameters of the power supply station at ZC Velim to verify the function and accuracy of the simulation program simulating these parameters. The project outputs have also become the content of the Technical Recommendation - TechRec00_001Specification and verification of energy consumption for railway rolling stock, which will be the basis of the EN proposal. More at

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