Rail Vehicles

Digital Automatic Coupling for Europe

Project description

The introduction of the Digital Automatic Coupling (DAK)is the most important innovation project in rail freight in decades. In addition to automating the coupling process, the DAK enables the supply of power to freight cars and the exchange of data within the train set. Extensive testing is required to ensure that the coupler meets the requirements before it can be introduced throughout Europe. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the consortium is conducting „Digital Automatic Coupling for Europe“ (DAC4EU) consisting of the DB Group, DB Cargo, Rail Cargo Austria and SBB Cargo, as well as the wagon owners VTG, ERMEWA and GATX, will carry out these tests between 2020 and 2022.

We are pleased that the consortium has decided to commission the Rail Vehicles Department with the scientific support of the project, building on our research results of the past years around the DAK. This includes the preparation of the report „Technik DAK“ as part of the „Study on the EU-wide Migration of a Digital Automatic Coupling systems (DAK)“­ also on behalf of the BMVI, as well as the implementation of the study. „Dynamic parameters of the DAK“ for the Technical Innovation Group Rail Freight (TIS) this year.

Project duration

June 2020 - December 2022

Project partner

DB Konzern, DB Cargo, ERMEWA, GATX, Rail Cargo Austria, SBB Cargo, TU Berlin, VTG