New designs for light rail, metro, commuter, intercity, locomotives, and high-speed trains must meet the specific needs of the cities or regions the vehicles will serve. In addition, software systems for these vehicles must comply with local and country-specific regulations, as well as with industry standards such as EN 50128 and EN 50657.
In the rail transportation industry, system tests often cannot be performed until a complete vehicle is built and on tracks. Discovering a missing requirement or a misunderstanding in requirements at this phase is exceptionally costly. Engineers at Bombardier Transportation shortened lead times and reduced development costs for the company’s MITRAC propulsion and control systems by adopting Model-Based Design with MATLAB® and Simulink®.
“With Model-Based Design, we validate customer requirements and our designs much earlier, which enables us to reduce risk and shorten lead times by 35% or more,” says Claes Lindskog, manager of propulsion control, platform development at Bombardier Transportation. “Generating embedded code from our models enables us to merge design and implementation teams, minimizing delays and further reducing lead times.”