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Mott Macdonald
  • Arnhem HQ and Utrecht office

The Switch that Never Fails (nor moves)

  • 5-6 months
  • Full Time
  • Master graduation (final year)
  • 350 euros monthly (gross) + NS Business Card

NL: Tijdens de Covid-19 periode biedt TU Delft verschillende uitdagende stage- en afstudeeropdrachten aan, die samen met het bedrijfsleven en de faculteiten CEG, 3mE, TPM en EWI zijn opgezet, gerelateerd aan het optimaliseren van het Nederlandse spoorsysteem. Studenten van iedere faculteit zijn vrij om te reageren. Opdrachten kunnen in overleg worden aangepast om te kunnen voldoen aan specifiek gestelde voorwaarden per afdeling of studierichting en begeleiding is mogelijk in het Engels of Nederlands.

EN: Also during Covid-19 it is possible to start a graduation project at TU Delft Railway Engineering. All projects can be adapted to any requirements set by your faculty or department and executed as internship or graduation project.

Working at Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald is a global multidisciplinary engineering, management and development consultancy, with over 16,000 employees active in 140 countries. Our employees are inspiring, highly-motivated and quality-driven people that collaborate closely with our clients to develop the best possible solutions. Mott MacDonald provides excellent opportunities for cutting edge and out-of-the-box research in combination with personal development while working in an international context.

Project Description
Turnout (switch) failures cause the most train traffic disruptions. Often, the failure originates in the turnout’s moving mechanism. Is it possible to make a turnout without a moving mechanism? Such a turnout would not fully replace traditional moving turnouts, but would be extremely robust in all weather conditions. Your assignment is to investigate what this turnout would look like from a railway physics and manufacturing perspective, and to evaluate where and how it could be deployed in Dutch railway operations. Depending on the outcome of your investigation, your turnout design will be built on site in the Amersfoort railway yard as a 1:1 prototype.

What we offer you
– Work at the cutting edge of development and innovation, investigating unexplored concepts;
– Gain wider knowledge and experience from experts nationally and internationally;
– Visit, and learn from, our many projects in the field;
– Work within a dynamic and inspiring team eager to teach, develop and collaborate.

For more information please contact Dr. Eelco Schrik through the given contact information on the left.

This challenging graduation project can be adapted to the requirements of each faculty and further personalised in consultation with Professor Rolf Dollevoet (Railway Engineering) and your department.