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Research projects - Rail

  • Help for rail industry on cutting pollutants from diesel enginesexternal link
    Published on: 06/05/2015
    An EU-funded project has demonstrated that it is economically and technically challenging for rail operators to replace or retrofit older diesel locomotives to meet tighter emission limits on pollutants. Market incentives should be provided to speed-up the switch to new, cleaner technologies, the project recommends.
  • Getting freight on the right track, from road to railexternal link
    Published on: 28/04/2015
    If you've ever been stuck on the motorway in a tailback of polluting heavy goods vehicles, then you'll welcome this EU-funded project to reduce the burden of freight on the roads by moving it to rail with a new loading system. The method, which also saves rail freight companies both time and money, is already being introduced in one Italian port.
  • Adapting formula one 1 technology to aid the rail sector
    Published on: 12/06/2012
    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.
  • Eco-friendly trains with hybrid energy storageexternal link
    Published on: 07/01/2012
    Researchers are investigating how to make diesel-powered trains more eco-friendly. One way is to implement a hybrid energy storage system that both could lower fuel consumption up to 13 percent and reduce harmful idling emissions.
  • Towards a common European train
    Published on: 26/08/2011
    Rail interoperability is needed to ensure that the European trains of tomorrow will enjoy the same freedom of travel as the EU’s citizens do today. This is why the European Commission funded the MODTRAIN research project, which worked on standardising the numerous components that make up a train, as well as the interfaces between them.
  • Making train interiors safer for passengers
    Published on: 01/09/2010
    The 'SafeInteriors' project is developing new methods for designing and testing furniture, components and systems associated with train vehicle interiors.
  • International Co-operation project aims to improve transport services in cities hosting major sporting events
    Published on: 22/01/2010
    Partners in the EU-funded 'STADIUM' project will look for ways to improve transport services for large events in big cities, including the South Africa World Cup, the India Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’ joining the dots
    Published on: 14/01/2008
    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.
  • ‘EURO-TRANS’ hits the ground running
    Published on: 01/02/2007
    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
    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.
  • Training of Train Drivers in Safety Relevant Issues with Validated and Integrated Computer-based Technology
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    2TRAIN aims at developing standards for a safety enhancing use of computer-based training technology for European train drivers. A common simulation interface will be developed, as well as several add-on systems, tested with simulation scenarios focusing on the ability to act in hazardous situations.
  • Advanced Virtual Agents for Testing the Accessibility of Rail Stations
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    AVATARS will develop a range of innovative technologies to simulate passenger movements. The tools will enable a population of structures with large groups of realistic, interacting agents in a series of realistic scenarios. To achieve this, AVATARS will develop three major software components. The evaluation of these tools will be carried out under a series of case studies, developed throughout the project.
  • Catenary Interface Monitoring Coherent sensing technology for electrical railway infrastructure and rolling stock for interoperable cross boundary transportation
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In a deregulated EU rail market, the monitoring of the vehicle and infrastructure interface is mandatory for an enhanced availability of operation, which reduces costs. Condition monitoring becomes crucial when a rolling stock is crossing boundaries between independent infrastructure grids.
  • European Driver’s Desk Advanced Concept Implementation - Contribution to Foster Interoperability
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project EUDDplus aims at the development, in-field testing and validation of the interoperable, harmonised and modularised train driver’s desk (console). The main objective is to minimise the configuration and layout varieties for different kinds of rolling stock.
  • European Rail Research Network of Excellence
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The mission of EURNEX – the European Rail Research Network of Excellence – is to create a European network of rail research institutes as world-class players to support the railway sector and assist the members of the EU to operate an interoperable and competitive rail system across the continent. EURNEX involves more than 600 researchers from over 60 rail research institutes across Europe.
  • European Optimised Pantograph-Catenary Interface
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Europac brings together major European railway stakeholders in a research project on vehicle/infrastructure interaction through pantograph-catenary contact. The project aims to enhance interoperability between pantograph and catenary (overhead line equipment), decreasing the number of incidents related to this system and reducing maintenance costs by switching from corrective to preventive maintenance. Specifically Europac is developing a comprehensive system composed of joint software for inter...
  • Rail Infrastructure Clearance Management
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of INFRACLEAR is to allow optimum use of the infrastructures ‘track clearance’ by means of an innovative approach for track gauging using operational monitoring technology and thus contributing towards increasing the capacity and safety of the infrastructure.
  • Innovative Track Systems
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    INNOTRACK will perform research on four key topics: track support structure, switches and crossings, rails, and logistics for track maintenance and renewal. It will also provide an innovative methodology for Life Cycle Cost calculation and Reliability Availability Maintainability Safety (RAMS) assessment to be used by all infrastructure managers across Europe.
  • Interoperability, Security and Safety of Goods Movement with 1435 and 1520 (1524) mm Track Gauge Railways: New Technology in Freight Transport including Hazardous Products
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is to develop and validate a new rail transport technology on the basis ofadjustable wheelsets, enabling the interoperable, safe and secure traffic between railways with different gauge width. This new transport technology allows limiting the time required for a train to move through a border crossing with a gauge-changing station and minimise the environmental hazards. It is a new alternative in the supply of energy resources. INTERGAUGE consists of three subsystems: oper...
  • Innovative Modular Brake Concepts for the Integrated European High-speed Railway System
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MODBRAKE, focusing on the brake systems, aims at contributing to the practical implementation of interoperability of railway systems across Europe. The objective of the project is to reduce the complexity, and therefore the costs, of brake systems by incorporating them in modular form.
  • Modular Urban-guided Rail Systems
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The main target of the MODURBAN project is to design, develop and test an innovative and open common core system architecture and its key interfaces, in preparation for the next generations of urban-guided public transport systems.
  • Innovative Integrated Energy Efficiency Solutions for Railway Rolling Stock, Rail Infrastructure and Train Operation
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project plans to develop a holistic framework approach incorporating new concepts and integrated solutions to improve energy efficiency in the railway domain under specific technical, operational, political and socio-economic constraints.
  • Development of an Innovative Ground-Penetrating Radar System for Fast and Efficient Monitoring of Rail-Track Substructure Conditions
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The continuous assessment of substructure conditions is a key need for rail-track maintenance activities. The SAFE-RAIL project tackles technological gaps that limit state-of-the-art systems by developing an innovative radar for fast and accurate monitoring of rail track substructure conditions.
  • Safe Driver Machine Interface (DMI) for ERTMS automatic train control
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFEDMI’s objective is to design and develop an ERTMS-compliant safe (at least SIL2) driver machine interface with safe wireless communication interfaces for configuration, software and firmware downloading and diagnostic purposes to respond to the increasing safety level needs in the automatic train control systems of high-speed rail lines.
  • Safer European Level Crossing Appraisal and Technology
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SELCAT will perform a deep analysis of completed and existing European level crossing safety research focusing on appraisal, technology and safety evaluation methodology including dissemination actions like workshops, special sessions at conferences, public campaigns and a web portal.
  • Seamless Public Urban Rail Transport
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Rail mass transit vehicles, which are defined as trams, light rail and metros, very often do not behave as expected when running on existing rail infrastructure, although the vehicles may well be fully compatible with the specifications of the buying authorities and they may well have passed the acceptance tests. Many operators have different types of vehicles on their infrastructure and most operators also have different types of track systems in their network. They want the current and future ...
  • New Concepts for Turnouts in Urban Rail Transit Infrastructures
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The word ‘turnout’ describes the junction in trackwork where lines diverge or converge. Although a turnout consists of several components, this project focuses on the most expensive component: the frog. The frog is the section of the turnout that enables the wheel that is running on one rail to literally cross over another rail. The project considers the following types of frogs: cast manganese, welded, moveable nose, flange bearing and deep groove. The TURNOUTS project focuses on the design and...
  • Intelligent Integration of Railway Systems
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In accordance with the ERRAC objectives, the InteGRail project aims at developing an intelligent coherent information system by integrating all the main railway subsystems. The objective is to achieve a higher level of coordination and co-operation between the key railway processes.
  • Innovative Modular Vehicle Concepts for an Integrated European Railway System
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MODTRAIN is defining the necessary functional, electrical and mechanical interfaces and validation procedures to deliver the range of interchangeable modules, which will form the basis for the next generation of intercity trains and universal locomotives.
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility between Rolling Stock and Rail-infrastructure encouraging European Interoperability
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The RAILCOM project is focusing on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) solutions in relation to railway interoperability. It aims at the harmonisation of interference limits for train detection and the characterisation of the railway electromagnetic environment for communication systems.
  • Train Interior Passive Safety for Europe
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Technological advances have led to a decrease in passenger rail fatalities in Europe during the last four decades (Eurostat). With the reduction of risks stemming from active safety and structural crashworthiness, the focus is now on the remaining areas of risk to access any remaining survivability measures.
  • Assessment for future traffic demands and longer lives
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In order to double (or even treble) the transportation by rail over the next 20 years, the load capacity and the mean residual service life of railway bridges needs to be increased. the project determines methods by which this could be achieved.
  • Urban Rail Infrastructure
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The URBAN TRACK integrated research project was set up to address the ‘2020 ERRAC’ vision: low life-cycle cost (LLC), high performance, modular, safe, low noise and vibration rail infrastructure systems that fit into a harmonised European market.
  • Wheelset Integrated Design and Effective Maintenance
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The economic efficiency and competitiveness of the rail transportation mode depends on the safety, availability and maintenance of its individual highly loaded structure components, such as railway wheelsets.
  • Land transport research: putting Europe’s railway infrastructure on the right track
    Published on: 17/05/2005
    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.
  • MODURBAN – next generation urban rail systems
    Published on: 23/03/2005
    Partners representing major rail integrators, suppliers, operators, research centres and the Union of the European Railway Industries (UNIFE) met in Brussels on 27 January 2005 for the kick-off meeting of EU Integrated Project MODURBAN (Modular urban guided rail systems).
  • ‘INTRANSNET’ – building co-operation between transport researchers
    Published on: 06/07/2004
    An efficient transport network, including air, road, marine and rail systems, is a crucial prerequisite for Europe’s economic growth. This means maintaining good communications between the various actors involved in transport research, from basic physical research and engineering on land transport and intelligent traffic systems through to seat comfort modelling for trains and planes.