3rd-gen high-speed train sets new standards
Rejuvenation, China's third-generation bullet train, is one of the fastest train services in the world. [Photo/ provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The launch of China's third-generation high-speed train, Rejuvenation, shows that China is rapidly emerging as a global leader in technical standards, according to the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision.
The 350-kilometer-per-hour Rejuvenation, which began serving the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway in June, is not only faster than previous high-speed trains, it also incorporates significantly more Chinese-designed technology and standards than its predecessors.
China's second-generation bullet train, Harmony, was designed with the assistance of foreign companies from several different countries using different standards, meaning that the train's technical standards were not unified. This made it more difficult to deal with any emergencies.
The Shanghai-Beijing high-speed railway began using Rejuvenation trains in June. The trains now routinely reach a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour. [Photo/ provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
By contrast, a unified technical standards system was created for Rejuvenation, meaning that maintenance and service work on the trains can be carried out much more easily.
Unifying these standards was a complex task. The train was developed in accordance with national standards, industry standards and international standards in several fields, including communications networks, electronics and electrics.
Of the 254 standards in Rejuvenation's unified design, 84 percent are Chinese-developed, a reflection of China's pioneering position in high-speed rail worldwide and the large amount of Chinese technology used to create the new train.
Rejuvenation's entire network control system, including both hardware and software, is entirely Chinese-designed and China owns all the intellectual property rights for this system.
China has placed huge importance in developing technical standards in recent years, with the country's leaders often referring to standards as the "passport of international trade". Standards and standards conformity assessments now affect around 80 percent of trade worldwide.
China has made good progress in this field. To date, 267 Chinese technical standards have been adopted as international standards by the International Standards Organization (ISO/IEC), with many of these concentrated in the fields of high-speed rail, nuclear power and telecommunications.