ESIS TC24 Workshop
Integrity of Railway Structures
25 – 26 September 2017 in Wittenberge, Germany


We cordially invite you to attend the ESIS TC24 Workshop 2017. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the wheelset community and interested colleagues to meet up again and to discuss results from the European funded project RAAI as well as other ongoing activities in the field of non-destructive wheelset inspection.

The aim of this workshop is to acquire a deeper understanding of factors influencing the non-destructive wheelset inspection and the reliability of the inspection as well as their interplay in practice.

Furthermore this workshop is an opportunity for us to have an open dialogue between scientists, developers and users in order to advance the field as a whole.

Here is a list of topics that will be discussed during this workshop:

  • Advanced methods for wheelset inspections
  • Reliability of wheelset inspections
  • Corrosion Fatigue Life Estimation
  • Image Processing
  • Evaluation of inspections using POD methods
  • Mechanized and automated testing systems
  • Live demonstration of demonstrators developed in RAAI project

Join us on a tour through the DB workshop facilities Wittenberge and a tour through DGZfP training facilities Wittenberge.

Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Heckel
BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Purschke
German Society for Non-Destructive Testing 


Session 1

How reliable are the results of my NDT process? A scientific answer to a practical everyday question

D. Kanzler1

1: Applied Validation of NDT, Berlin, Germany

Contact e-mail:
without Paper

Evaluation of the Ultrasonic Inspection of Hollow Axles by the POD Method

A. Zoëga1, J.H. Kurz1

1: DB Systemtechnik, Brandenburg-Kirchmöser, Germany

Inspection Interval Software for Railway Axles

U. Völz1, H. Beier2, S. Beretta3

1: arXes-tolina, Dresden, Germany
2: arXes-tolina, Berlin, Germany
3: Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Increasing the Sensitivity of Ultrasonic Phased Array Wheel Set Axle Inspection by Using Signal Processing

T. Heckel1, R. Boehm1, W. Spruch2, S. Jacob2

1: BAM, Berlin, Germany
2: Büro für Technische Diagnostik, Brandenburg, Germany

Session 2

without Paper

Cold rolling as a prevention of corrosion-fatigue damage propagation

S. Beretta1, S. Cantini2, S. Cervello2, D. Regazzi2

1: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
2: Lucchini RS, Lovere, Italy

without Paper

Data Collection for Corrosion Fatigue Life Estimation

J. Rudlin1, R. Archer2, S. Beretta3, J. Syeda1, D. Panggabean1

1: TWI, Cambridge, UK
2: Applied Inspection, Glasgow, UK
3: Politecnico di Milano, Italy

without Paper

Image Processing and Deep Learning Possibilities for Detection of Small Cracks within Corrosion

J. Syeda1, J. Rudlin1

1: TWI, Cambridge, UK

Measurement of displacement between axle and wheel during rotating bending as a tool for evaluation of potential fretting fatigue damage under press fit

I. Cerný1, J. Kec1

1: SVÚM a.s., Celákovice, Czech Republic

Contact e-mail:

Session 3

A Reliability Study of Phased Array Ultrasonic Inspections Applied to Aluminothermic Welds in Rails

A. Gianneo1, M. Carboni1

1: Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Online-Monitoring of Hollow Axles Using Ultrasound

J. Prager1, M. Grzeszkowski2

1: BAM, Berlin, Germany
2: TU Berlin, Germany

Contact e-mail:

Automated Testing Systems for Ultrasonic Testing of Railway Axles by ARXES-TOLINA

U. Völz1, P. Heilmann2, M. Spieker2

1: arXes-tolina, Dresden, Germany
2: arXes-tolina, Berlin, Germany

Session 4

Cone type Phased Array Design for High Speed Hollow Axle Inspection

R. Boehm1, T. Heckel1, M. Blankschän1, W. Spruch2, T. Beggerow2

1: BAM, Berlin, Germany
2: Büro für Technische Diagnostik, Brandenburg, Germany

Contact e-mail:
without Paper

Axle inspection and reclamation by polishing out light corrosion (particularly in respect of highly stressed wheelseat transitional radii), conducted whilst the wheelsets are fitted to the vehicle

R. Archer1

1: Applied Inspection, Glasgow, UK

without Paper

Use of MAPOD to produce Inspection Reliability Data for Inspection of Hollow Axles

D. Panggabean1, U. Völz2, C. Schneider1, J. Rudlin1

1: TWI, Cambridge, UK
2: arXes-tolina, Dresden, Germany

Registration Fees
Deadline: 15 September 2017

120 €

Registration Fee

Sold Out

Fees are including all workshop activities, workshop documents, lunch and refreshments. Workshop dinner on 25 Sept. 2017 is NOT included.

The expense of every single meal is less than 60 €.

Terms of Cancellation

Cancellation of participation can only be refunded if the cancellation is received in time:

by 31 August 2017: 50% of the participation fee
from 1 September 2017: no refund possible

The participation fee for presenting authors (for all kinds of presentations) whose papers were accepted for the programme cannot be refunded in any case.


DGZfP Training Centre Wittenberge

Schillerplatz 3
19322 Wittenberge

Directions Travelling by train


Booking code: DGZfP

Hotel Single Room Distance to Venue
Apartment Hotel***
Schillerplatz 1, 19322 Wittenberge,
from 54 € blabla
Hotel Prignitz***
Bismarckplatz 2, 19322 Wittenberge,
from 51 €
Pension Am Festspielhaus***
Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 9, 19322 Wittenberge,
from 47 €
Hotel Germania***
Bahnstr. 53a, 19322 Wittenberge,
from 54 €
Hotel "Alte Ölmühle"****
Bad Wilsnacker Str. 52, 19322 Wittenberge,
from 58 €

Booking code: DGZfP

Key Dates

  • Workshop: 25 – 26 September 2017