Fishbone provides the rail and automotive sectors with bespoke & managed design and analysis. We specialise in delivering 3D CAD, packaging and CAE support under one roof.


Client: VTG

Location: UK

Services: Engineering

Fishbone was asked to investigate the possibility of increasing the Gross Load Weight (GLW) of a freight tanker from 90 to 101.6 Tonnes. To achieve this, we:

  • Created accurate CAD models of wagon & bogies from existing drawings and from measurements taken on the wagon where required
  • Applied industry load standards to carry out a Finite Elements Analysis of the wagon under the increased load
  • Identified areas prohibitive to GLW increase and modifications required to make compliant
  • Devised and managed a modification programme
  • Applied a dynamic assessment of the vehicle with the new GLW
  • Ensured the vehicle complied to industry standards for operation at the new GLW
  • Supplied a structural report & supporting documents including modification procedures and supporting drawings

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Luke Essex

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