We believe that any innovation always starts with research, and any improvement has to be scientifically validated before it can be applied. That is why Lucchini RS has invested in science from the start, now boasting one of the world’s largest, most advanced, and complete train wheel and axle test and accreditation facilities.

If you combine the right equipment and the creative genius of dedicated people, science becomes a superpower. We use this superpower to improve passengers’ safety, extend the durability of train components, and safeguard the environmental sustainability of our products and manufacturing processes.


The Lucchini RS laboratories are separate from the Group and open to test services for external customers. Cutting-edge equipment and impartial, independent, and knowledgeable staff allow the laboratories to perform metallurgical and metallographic tests, chemical and environmental analyses, as well as mechanical, fracture, dilatometric, corrosion, fatigue and stress tests of wheelset, axles and wheels.

The competence of Lucchini RS laboratories and the eligibility to perform specific tests to verify the conformity of wheelset component to the requirements is officially recognized by ACCREDIA (the Italian accreditation body; signatory of EA, IAF and ILAC Mutual Recognition Agreements), which certifies the competence, independence and impartiality of the laboratory to perform the tests in the accreditation scope and ensures their suitability to assess the conformity of services to the requirements of UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard.

LAB N° 1199 L
Signatory of EA, IAF and ILAC
Mutual Recognition Agreements

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Signatory of EA, IAF and ILAC
Mutual Recognition Agreements



The Lucchini RS R&D laboratory includes a full-scale roller rig “BU300” for railway wheelset. Able to reproduce straight and curving rolling conditions up to a speed of 300 km/h, it is the testing bench with the closest simulation of trains real-life operations.

The main areas of research include:

  • Characterization and benchmark of wheel steel grades in terms of wear and rolling contact fatigue

  • Dynamic behavior of resilient wheels for trams and metros

  • Dynamic behavior of wheelsets with defects (e.g., wheel tread, wheel flats, or RCF clusters)

  • Calibration of instrumented wheelsets to measure wheel-rail contact loads



Our engineers and scientists regularly collaborate with the best universities and publish independent research on innovative design solutions, engineering models, and new materials within the rail industry. Our main products and solutions are patented.

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