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  • Cargo crawlers: ship-surveying robots assist human inspectors
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Historically, inspecting cargo ships for cracks, corrosion and other signs of wear has been time-consuming, expensive. For the inspectors who have to climb scaffolding it is also potentially dangerous. Seeking to ease these difficulties, the EU-funded project MINOAS has developed robots equipped with cameras and magnetic wheels that can scale walls and report back their findings – quickly, accurately and safely.
  • Containers get a redesign to pack more in: Tellibox
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Shipping containers are crucial for European and global trade and yet concerns about capacity and efficiency and potential environmental drawbacks have led for calls for a redesign. Tellibox, an EU funded project, has done exactly that, successfully demonstrating the MegaSwapBox – a 100 metre-cubed container that can be loaded from three sides and is compatible with multiple transport modes.
  • Adapting formula one 1 technology to aid the rail sector
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    A research project funded by the European Commission has led to a potential breakthrough for the rail sector - by adapting light weight materials most commonly found in high performance racing cars. The results promise to provide the rail industry with trains that are more environmentally-friendly, easier and cheaper to produce, and less costly for rail companies in terms of track maintenance. An all round win-win situation.
  • Reducing the impact of human error at sea
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    The recent accident of the Costa Concordia cruise ship has tragically shown that mistakes at sea can have severe consequences. The European Commission is supporting advanced research that helps reduce the risks of human error and the impact, should something go wrong nevertheless.
  • Nice - A new era for the internal combustion engine
    Published on: 11/10/2011
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    A new internal combustion engine addresses the drawbacks of petrol and diesel designs. As a result, it cuts both fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The project, NICE, was supported by the European Commission.
  • Innovation in the air
    Published on: 25/07/2011
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    Air transport has become a corner stone of our economy and the path to our mobility. This video shows some of the fascinating research that is done with the help of FP7 funding for air transport and aeronautics to make air transport safer, greener and more competitive.
  • Innovation brings new road safety measures to market
    Published on: 29/06/2011
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    A chest protection device that was developed following European research into improving ‘passive’ safety for road users is now available on the market.
  • 'TIFFE' outlines innovative vehicle temperature management system
    Published on: 25/05/2011
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    The EU-funded 'TIFFE' project has developed a new vehicle with an innovative front-end design and advanced components for more efficient heat radiation and onboard cooling, and better fuel economy.
  • 'TelliBox' delivers better system for intermodal freight transport
    Published on: 29/03/2011
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    The EU-funded TelliBox project has optimised available loading space in freight vehicles, promising more efficient transport of goods.
  • 'CityMove' looks to future of urban freight
    Published on: 07/12/2010
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    With the majority of the population in Europe now living in urban areas and the bulk of industrial production being dispatched to these areas, the demand for freight transport in cities is at an all-time high.
  • New rail driver's cab points way to future
    Published on: 22/10/2010
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    The EU-funded 'EUDDplus' project has achieved new milestones on the way to the safer and more standardised rail transport driver's cab of the future.
  • Making train interiors safer for passengers
    Published on: 01/09/2010
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    The 'SafeInteriors' project is developing new methods for designing and testing furniture, components and systems associated with train vehicle interiors.
  • New aircraft engine designs reduce CO2 emissions
    Published on: 22/07/2010
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    The EU-funded NEWAC project has delivered new engine designs to help Europe meet pressing emission targets for air transport.
  • Building cockpits for safer and more efficient aviation
    Published on: 13/07/2010
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    The 'ALICIA' project is developing systems to improve the safety of landing and taxiing operations, and to increase the efficiency of the air transport network. The target date is 2020, but some technologies could be operational much sooner.
  • World records for EU-funded fuel cell-powered aircraft
    Published on: 09/07/2010
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    A hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft developed by the 'ENFICA-FC' project has completed a number of successful test flights out of Reggio Emilia airport in Italy, establishing new speed and endurance records for electrically powered class C aeroplanes.
  • Innovative monitoring for road transport safety
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    The EU-funded 'ASSET-Road' project has opened a new test site on the A8 Salzburg-Munich motorway in Germany. The objective is to reduce the number of serious road accidents, especially those linked to heavy goods transport.
  • Making road transport more intelligent
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    A key contributor to this year's Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) works to develop and deploy applications based on information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the transport sector.
  • Weighing up the results of EU-funded rail research
    Published on: 20/04/2010
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    The ERRAC ROADMAP project is working to promote a more systematic and focused approach to the use of rail transport sector resources. In a recent workshop in Brussels, participants discussed lessons learned from past research projects, with a view to enhancing real market uptake of results.
  • SARTRE project presents exciting new road transport scheme
    Published on: 02/03/2010
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    The EU-funded 'SARTRE' project is developing and testing new technologies to enable vehicles to travel together safely in 'road trains' on unmodified public motorways.
  • 'PPlane' project – radical and novel ideas for 'Personal Air Transport System'
    Published on: 04/02/2010
    The EU-funded PPLANE project is poised to revolutionise travel, ease congestion with its Personal Air Transport System (PATS), a new paradigm in air transport. Like a private car, the PPlane personal air vehicle will deliver the benefits of speed and routing efficiency only possible through direct-to-destination flight.
  • EU-funded 'EFFORTS' project sees successful conclusion
    Published on: 30/11/2009
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    Partners in the EFFORTS project, looking at operational performance, strategic planning and environmental concerns in the European seaport industry, have held their final meeting in Hamburg. EU officials say the initiative has made a valuable contribution to a crucial economic sector.
  • 'LITEBUS' – the bus that bounced
    Published on: 16/11/2009
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    LITEBUS, an EU-funded project set to reduce the weight and production costs of urban public transport, has developed a sandwich composite material to replace both steel and aluminium frames for buses. The composite renders the vehicles safer and more eco-friendly.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’
    Published on: 28/10/2009
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    More than 60 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 21 October for the final presentation of the iTREN-2030 project, which has developed an integrated scenario for energy and transport in Europe.
  • Intelligent transport projects in focus
    Published on: 28/10/2009
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    With the focus on intelligent transport systems for use in daily life, EU research projects looking to expand practical applications were on show at the 16th ITS Congress in Stockholm.
  • Innovative EU project sees port workers lending hand
    Published on: 13/10/2009
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    The EU-funded 'SECURCRANE' initiative has demonstrated a new system aimed at making life both easier and safer for ship-to-shore crane operators. Critical to the project has been the input and co-operation of the crane operators themselves, based in the port of le Havre, France.
  • 'SAFEDOR' completes four years of research on safe and innovative ship design, operation and regulation
    Published on: 07/09/2009
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    EU-funded SAFEDOR is the first project to develop a risk-based ship design and regulatory framework to achieve safety cost-effectively by treating it as an objective and not as a constraint.
  • Road infrastructure projects bridge gap between newer and older EU Member States
    Published on: 07/09/2009
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    The results of the trailblazing 'ARCHES' and 'SPENS' projects have been presented in Ljubljana, at a conference hosted by ZAG, Slovenia’s National Building and Civil Engineering Institute.
  • 'HeavyRoute' project presents final results
    Published on: 03/08/2009
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    A key EU-funded research project aimed at improving road safety and capacity while reducing impacts on the environment and maintenance costs held its final meeting in Brussels in June 2009.
  • Making air travel safer
    Published on: 07/04/2009
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    The results of a four-year-research effort to develop future safety information systems for aircraft were released at an event in Amsterdam on 25th and 26th March.
  • 'FRESH' project still hot
    Published on: 02/10/2008
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    Completed in 2007, the SME-led 'FRESH' project, which developed advanced tools for aircraft electrical design, is still making waves. Project partners are now looking to carry out further research into electro-magnetic and thermal effects in aircraft.
  • Key EU projects demonstrate clean waterborne transport
    Published on: 11/03/2008
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    On 28 February 2008, the European Commission co-hosted a major event at the Port of Brussels, highlighting a number of innovative clean waterborne transport projects and showcasing the ‘CLEANEST SHIP’ demonstration vessel Victoria.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’ joining the dots
    Published on: 14/01/2008
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    More than 45 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 27 November 2007 for the iTREN-2030 project workshop. Among the questions they asked was how to predict the combined effects of EU-wide policies on energy, transport, economy and the environment.
  • ‘FELICITAS’ for heavy-duty transport powertrains
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    The FELICITAS Integrated Project is focusing on the development of fuel cell (FC) drive trains capable of meeting the exacting demands of heavy-duty transport for road, rail and marine applications.
  • ‘NACRE’ project supporting future aircraft development
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    The EU-funded NACRE project is working to integrate and validate technologies that will enable new aircraft concepts to be assessed and developed.
  • ‘VITAL’ moves forward on next generation commercial aircraft engines
    Published on: 04/09/2007
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    On 3 and 4 July 2007, the EU-funded VITAL project held its third mid-year review at the Volvo Aero Corporation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Achievements presented by project leaders and support teams were reviewed by a board of technology advisors and EC reviewers.
  • ‘POMEROL’ makes steady progress on new fuel cell technologies
    Published on: 18/07/2007
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    The EU-funded POMEROL project on clean battery technologies held its mid-term meeting in Bordeaux, France on 1 June 2007. The event featured several milestone decisions, including the choice of chemical components for new lithium batteries for fuel cell hybrids.
  • ‘EURO-TRANS’ hits the ground running
    Published on: 01/02/2007
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    The EU-funded EURO-TRANS initiative is promoting and supporting the participation of small and medium size enterprises in European surface transport research projects. Partners met at a launch meeting in Brussels on 16 January 2007 to discuss actions and objectives.
  • ‘GLOBAL VIEW’ bringing railway world closer together
    Published on: 01/02/2007
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    The Specific Support Action GLOBAL VIEW is disseminating the results of selected EU projects and learning from similar projects in India, China and Russia, identifying needs and priorities for joint international rail research projects.
  • Full steam ahead – Transport Research in support of EU maritime policy
    Published on: 18/01/2007
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    Research plays a vital role in boosting the competitiveness of the European maritime sector, but supporting an all-embracing maritime policy means facing some formidable challenges. A new brochure, ‘Marine related research and the future European Maritime Policy’, outlines the opportunities and breadth of research required.
  • ‘AERONEWS’ – good news for early detection of microdamage
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    Partners in the EU-funded AERONEWS project met in Ghent, Belgium, on 15 September 2006. The mid-term evaluation of the project is very positive, showing good progress towards improving monitoring of aircraft structural soundness.
  • Leading edge – DUTIFRISK improving bladed disk technology
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    The DUTIFRISK project has introduced important improvements in bladed disk (BLISK) technologies for aircraft engines, developing and testing a new dual alloy for linear friction welding. The research conducted has paved the way for a new generation of improved disks, which will contribute to the development of safer and more efficient engines in the future.
  • ‘VIRTUE’ numerical towing tank takes form
    Published on: 29/09/2006
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    Under the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme, a group of CFD specialists and service providers, led by HSVA, have joined forces to develop a new IT platform for the design of fully hydrodynamically optimised ship hulls.
  • ‘CREATING’ shifting cargo from road to water
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The EU-funded CREATING project brings together 29 partners from nine European countries, including nearly all countries bordering the Rhine and Danube rivers. Its goal is to reinvigorate waterborne freight traffic through innovative solutions, releasing some of the pressure on European roads.
  • EU-funded ‘HyHEELS’ takes new approach to fuel cells
    Published on: 17/08/2006
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    The HyHEELS project (Hybrid high-energy electrical storage) is developing an ‘UltraCap’ energy storage system that is suitable for hybrid and fuel cell automotive applications. Partners say HyHEELs is an important step in the drive towards ‘well to wheel’ energy efficiency.
  • ‘AROSATEC’ improving turbine engine maintenance
    Published on: 27/07/2006
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    The final meeting of the EU-funded AROSATEC project took place at the Metris headquarters in Leuven, Belgium on 4 July 2006. The partnership, composed largely of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has developed new processes for the automated repair and overhaul of turbine engine components.
  • The integrated path to road safety
    Published on: 24/05/2006
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    The recent Road Safety Forum in Leipzig, Germany, asked participants to fasten their seatbelts and, together, chart an integrated path to safer roads and vehicles.
  • EU-funded CLEVER prototype makes exciting debut
    Published on: 20/04/2006
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    CLEVER is a three-metre-long and one-metre-wide tilting three-wheeler with room for a driver and one passenger, developed with EU support and aimed at alleviating rising urban transport congestion. On 10 April 2006, this sleek and exciting new vehicle was unveiled in Berlin where project partners, journalists and interested parties were allowed to test drive it for themselves.
  • ‘UNIACCESS’ promotes better transport for all citizens
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    On 20-21 March 2006, the EU-funded UNIACCESS project held a workshop for European local authorities. The objective was to broaden the discussion and accelerate progress on accessible public transport for the disabled.
  • C-ATM project delivers ambitious concept for air traffic
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    On 31 January 2006, the EU-funded C-ATM project (Co-operative air traffic management) held its final public forum. On the agenda was a new integrated air/ground operational concept, expected to dramatically improve the efficiency of the overall ATM network by providing more reliable and predictable service to airspace users.
  • EU-funded safety at sea project has worldwide impact
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    The results of the ‘HARDER’ project have been incorporated into the revised IMO SOLAS regulations on safety and stability of passenger vessels, applied to shipping around the globe.
  • AD4
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ADELINE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ADLAND
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AeroSME V
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AITEB II
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ANASTASIA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ASAS-TN2
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ATENAA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • C-ATM
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • COCOMAT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • DATON
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • DESIDER
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • DIALFAST
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • EMMA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • EWA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • HASTAC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ADVACT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AEROMAG
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ALCAST
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AROSATEC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ASSTAR
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ATPI
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AVITRACK
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • B-VHF
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • CAATS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • COMPACT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • COMPROME
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • DEEPWELD
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • DINAMIT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ECOSHAPE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • EUROLIFT II
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • FLIRET
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • FRESH
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • GOAHEAD
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IDEA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IPAS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IPROMES
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ITOOL
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • LAPCAT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • MACHERENA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • MESEMA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • MUSCA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • NACRE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • OPTIMAL
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • PIBRAC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • REMFI
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SCRATCH
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SUPERTRAC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • TATEF 2
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • TOPPCOAT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ULTMAT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • VERDI
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • VortexCell2050
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • WALLTURB
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • WEL-AIR
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ICE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IFATS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • MULFUN
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • NOESIS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • OpTag
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • RETINA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SIRENA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SPADE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SYNCOMECS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • TELFONA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • UFAST
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • VIVACE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • WISE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ‘INTRO’ – co-operative systems for intelligent roads
    Published on: 12/12/2005
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    While numerous and varied European research projects are now focused on improving road safety, much of their work is still being carried out in isolation. The result is repetition, lost time and productivity and wasted resources. The INTRO project is responding to the problem, integrating existing and novel technologies and developing co-operative systems for road safety and management.
  • ‘QCITY’ and ‘SILENCE’ – EU projects target urban noise
    Published on: 24/11/2005
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    Research activities with a strong focus on reducing road and other transport noise have been launched under the Sixth Framework Programme. QCITY and SILENCE will result in major improvements in efficiency and quality of life, especially in European cities.
  • ‘HyICE’ – optimising hydrogen powered engines
    Published on: 08/07/2005
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    As scientists around the world seek to advance new hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, European researchers are providing leadership in the production and marketing of corresponding systems and components.
  • ‘ECODIS’ and ‘SEES’ – meeting the challenge of vehicle waste
    Published on: 04/07/2005
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    New EU-funded projects are providing the automotive industry and car recyclers with effective technologies and methodologies for cost-effective and environmentally friendly maintenance and dismantling operations.
  • ‘VIRTUE’ paves the way to improved marine hydrodynamics services
    Published on: 04/07/2005
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    The EU-funded VIRTUE project, launched in January 2005, aims to improve and integrate state-of-the-art, Computational Fluid Dynamics tools in a comprehensive ship behaviour simulation environment.
  • Land transport research: putting Europe’s railway infrastructure on the right track
    Published on: 17/05/2005
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    The European Commission is promoting a coordinated research strategy for Europe’s extensive railway systems. Officials say investment at both national and EU levels and by public and private organisations is crucial.
  • ‘TANGO’ – reducing airframe weight
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    One way to boost an aircraft’s fuel efficiency is to lower the load it has to haul through the air. The EU-funded TANGO project is working to cut the structural weight of the aircraft by exploiting new materials and manufacturing methods.
  • ‘EUROPIV 2’ – putting aeronautics research results into practice
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    The aerodynamic design of aircraft, automobiles, ships and even household appliances are set to become more precise as the results of this EU-funded EUROPIV 2 project are exploited by research and industrial wind tunnel sites across Europe.
  • ‘POA’ – research project works to optimise aircraft power use
    Published on: 25/10/2004
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    Modern aircraft still suffer from systems that do not consume or distribute power efficiently, a problem that grows more acute with rising on-board operational and passenger demands for electrical energy. The POA (Power Optimised Aircraft) projects aims to achieve a ‘more electrical aircraft’ that better distributes power and uses it only when needed.
  • ‘AVITRACK’ – automated surveillance of airport aprons
    Published on: 18/03/2004
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    A new EU-funded project will use state-of-the-art video systems and intelligent algorithms to track objects and persons, and to interpret normal aircraft servicing operations on the tarmac.
  • SAFEICE - cutting a path through icy waters
    Published on: 08/03/2004
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    Despite dangerous conditions, more and more ships are making their ways through ice-covered Arctic waters. With increasing traffic raising the risk of accidents in this severe environment the new EU-backed SAFEICE project has embarked on a quest to make navigating the ice safer and more economical.
  • ‘ALIVE’- new autonomous vehicle tackles expanding undersea applications
    Published on: 30/01/2004
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    The EU-funded ALIVE project is developing a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that, unlike conventional AUVs, features automatic docking and manipulation capabilities.