Research Lab Innovative Freight Wagon m²
TU Darmstadt cooperation institute

The Research Lab Innovative Freight Wagon m² is the cooperation institute between DB Cargo and TU Darmstadt. The aim of the cooperation institute is to promote joint research and cooperation in the field of planning and analysis of logistics and transport services. Furthermore, we wish to create attractive offers in the areas of teaching, training, and further education, as well as university marketing. The core of the Research Lab Innovative Freight Wagon m² is formed through joint research projects between the Chair of Management and Logistics at TU Darmstadt and DB Cargo AG.

The joint research projects focus on the data-driven planning, control, and analysis of rail-based, intermodal transport networks. Particular interest lies in the introduction of the multifunctional and modular freight wagon (m²) of DB Cargo. The freight wagon m² is an innovative concept which is characterized by the separation of modular carrying wagons and multifunctional containers. This creates new requirements for the planning of depots as well as for the control of freight wagons in general. Among other things, the projects optimize the strategic capacity distribution for storage locations of m² containers and analyze and model the requirements for control and disposition of the containers. Further information on the individual projects can be found on our project pages!

To increase the attractiveness of rail freight transport and achieve the shift of freight transport from road to rail, the projects of the innovative Research Lab Freight Wagon m² combine innovative technologies from rail freight transport with data-driven optimization and simulation models from research.

By integrating the Research Lab Innovative Freight Wagon m² into the innovation alliance between DB AG and TU Darmstadt, the cooperation institute is part of an interdisciplinary research structure. For more information, please also visit the page of the Innovation Alliance.

  Name Contact
Prof. Dr. Ralf Elbert
+49 6151 16-24431
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Carolina Lasse
Vice President Product Management Single Wagon and Multimodal Solutions; Projekt Lead Market Launch Multifunctional and Modular Wagon m²
+49 6131 15 61304
Raphael Hackober M.Sc.
Coordinator of the research lab innovative freight wagon m²
+49 6151 16-24441
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Arne Redlin
Coordinator of the research lab innovative freight wagon m² – DB Cargo
+49 6131 15-624212
Johannes Rentschler M.Sc.
+49 6151 16-24439
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Michael Gleser M.Sc.
+49 6151 16-24436
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Felix Roeper M.Sc.
+49 6151 16-24433
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Hongjun Wu M.Sc.
+49 6151 16-24442
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Roland Lehner M.Sc.
+49 6151 16-24437
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Julia Wenzel M.Sc.
+49 6151 16-24438
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Date Event Type Topic Lecturer
WiSe 2021/22 International Logistics Systems Guest lecture Effiziente Güterwagen durch m² – The module-based platform for multifunctional wagons Dr. Holger Schmidt, DB Cargo
WiSe 2019/20 Strategic Logistics Management Guest lecture Strategische Projekte und Entscheidungen bei der DB Cargo AG Frank Erschkat, DB Cargo
WiSe 2019/20 International Logistics Systems Guest lecture Aktuellen und innovativen Projekte bei DB Schenker Detlef Protzmann, DB Schenker
SoSe 2019 Intermodal Transport Services Guest lecture Aktuelle Probleme und Entwicklungen in der Koordination intermodaler Transportketten Mathias Leiner, TFG Transfracht
WiSe 2018/19 International Logistics Systems Guest lecture Effizienz-Management durch den Einsatz von Simulation bei DB Schenker Xiaoke Jiang, DB Schenker Logistics
WiSe 2017/18 Planning in Multimodal Transportation Guest lecture Regulation, Financing and Performance of the Railways – German Experiences and Initiatives Dr. Markus Ksoll, DB AG
SoSe 2017 Intermodal Transport Services Guest lecture Geschäftsmodelle von Luftfrachtspediteuren Dr. Niklas Wilmking, Schenker Deutschland AG
SoSe 2017 Strategic Decisions of Logistics Service Providers Excursion Visit to the DB Schenker Logistics Operations Excellence Center (LOEC) in Rodgau /
SoSe 2017 Corporate Management Guest lecture Strategiegestaltung bei der Lufthansa Dr. Christoph Klingenberg, Deutsche Bahn AG, ehemals Deutsche Lufthansa AG

In 2012, the cooperation institute, which was originally called “DB Schenker Lab”, was founded by TU Darmstadt and Deutsche Bahn AG. The aim of the cooperation institute was to develop and expand the joint research areas of “transport” and “logistics” and to create additional relevant offers in the areas of teaching, training, and furthering education, as well as university marketing. The DB Schenker Lab pursued the goal of always being among the leading research networks for transport and logistics services.

After nine years of successful cooperation and 19 joint projects, the focus of the cooperation needed to change due to increased research needs in rail-related, intermodal transport chains and was adjusted towards increasing efficiency and productivity in rail freight transport. During the reorientation, the cooperation institute was renamed " Research Lab Innovative Freight Wagon m²” in 2021.

Current information about the research lab innovative freight wagon m²