2013 Masters Thesis Project at Umeå Institute of Design in collaboration with Volvo Group, Sweden. Duration: 17 weeks
Indian Railways has grown 10-fold in the last 50 years, but rail track length has only increased 1.4 times & construction methods have hardly changed. The aim was to design the future of railway-track construction in developing countries.
Volvo LINK 500 is a vehicle which lays prefabricated concrete slabs cyclically along a GPS mapped route. Minimizing operator error & increasing efficiency. Manual workforce is still involved in the rough work of placing dowels, which serve as GPS locators/slab guides.
BENEFITS Unlike traditional excavators, the structure of this vehicle allows it to pass over a material-carrying train. It is cheaper, easier to assemble & transport than current solutions, & requires no auxiliary track because it uses pneumatic tyres.