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CANTOR
Coordinating Noise Transportation Research and Engineering Solutions

CANTOR brings together a number of the major European academic/research institutes in acoustic research, and engages a series of experts from government agencies and the vehicle manufacturing industry chain (from system to component level for both road and rail), to focus on a way of improving vehicle noise performance.

Tags: Multimodal

Background

Within the next few decades the European vehicle industry will face a formidable task concerning noise pollution in urban areas. In the past, the noise and vibration research efforts in vehicles have been considerable but, despite this, no real breakthrough regarding new solutions of noise reduction can be claimed. Sustainable development in vehicle engineering, i.e. to save natural resources with respect to material and energy, requires lightweight, low-drag design, etc. However, a strict lightweight design contradicts requirements such as low noise, safety and functionality. The main reasons for such poor results are the fragmentation of European research and the lack of lasting co-operation between universities and industry. This negative trend must be broken.

Objectives

The overall aim of CANTOR is to engage experts from the vehicle manufacturing industry chain from system to component level, government agencies and renowned research groups, to focus jointly on improved performance with a reduced impact on the environment, enabling a balanced system cost and maintaining comfort in road, rail and waterborne vehicles.

The means to achieve this goal is by accumulating and transferring the technology of existing knowledge and information on new prediction tools, measurement techniques, research plans and material data, as well as on new educational programmes applied to vehicle acoustics.

The aim is also to formulate new joint research programmes between industry and universities. The mobility of personnel within the consortium would be automatically stimulated by the partnership, enabling inter-research institute fast-track exchange and highly relevant cross-fertilisation effects. The results will be disseminated at seminars, meetings and workshops. The project, which has a research and educational base, will be complementary to such ongoing EU projects as EURNEX, CALM, SILENCE, QCITY and INMAR.

Description of work

The project seeks to reach its objectives through delivery studies on the nine principle areas of work in the project:

  1. Coordination of industrial and SME partners
  2. A catalogue of industrial and societal requirements
  3. Information of ongoing research activities
  4. Formulation and dissemination of a research strategy agreement
  5. Short-term exchange of personnel
  6. Marketing and coordination of educational programmes
  7. Coordination of advanced short courses
  8. Publicise prediction models, measurement techniques and a database of new materials
  9. A catalogue of research laboratory facilities.

An exploitation and strategy plan, mainly based on the selection of topics and partners within industrial, academic and governmental bodies for specific applications within EU programmes will be organised. Furthermore, the consortium participants will use the newly developed knowledge for high-level teaching to their students and in running short courses aimed at wider academic and industrial audiences. They also expect to benefit in terms of possible participation in other transportation industrial research projects. Through integrated committees this CA will deal with exploitation plans.

The members of the Advisory Board are Bombardier and Scania (SE), Umweltbundesamt and Müller- BBM (DE), SNCF and Akeryards (FR), LMS (BE) and FIAT (IT), who will identify the main problem areas or bottlenecks facing the industry whilst pursuing the goals set with respect to the reduction of noise pollution. Within each CANTOR work package, reports will be completed on existing and possible future methods for solving these by the industry identified problems. Limitations, as well as ongoing modifications and improvements, will be summarised, together with proven and possible future applications. Ongoing and if possible planned research activities within each field will also be listed.

Results

The co-operation among the laboratories in CANTOR will enforce common best-practice protocols and experimental techniques in their work to make it possible for a better comparison between their results. These unified procedures, and material specimens possibly associated to them, may have a strong impact on facilitating the integrated work and advances in the RTD effort within the research community. Besides this, the jointly agreed techniques and material specimens may evolve into noise standards and reference materials, which may be later proposed to European institutions for further unified use in industry normalisation activities and environmental noise control.

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