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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SST.2008.4.1.1.;SST.2008.4.1.2. | Award Amount: 3.77M | Year: 2010

Aim Increased safety and security of metro vehicles from terrorist attacks by explosives and firebombs through materials choices and design, thereby increasing resilience and reducing the impact of attacks on passengers, staff, infrastructure and property. Objectives The SecureMetro project will consider threats from conventional explosives and firebombs. The four project objectives are: 1. To increase metro vehicle resilience to terrorist bomb blast through selection of vehicle materials and structural design. This will reduce injuries from fragments of vehicle materials and improve structural integrity in blast situations, offering greater security to passengers and staff. This includes enhancing the ability of a vehicle to remain on the track and keep moving so that underground rescue is not required. Contribution to structural integrity standard EN12663 will allow wide and interoperable implementation of vehicles offering security by design. 2. To increase security against a firebomb attack through design of fire barriers and fire suppression technology while also contributing to passenger safety from accidental or vandalism fires. Design of features to prevent the spread of fire and fumes will contribute to standards compliance (prEN 45545 and TS 45545) for fire protection of railway vehicles. 3. Through increasing resilience of vehicles to blast and fire attacks and reduced damage to adjacent vehicles and infrastructure, speed up recovery following attack, allowing the rail system to bounce-back to normal operation quickly. 4. Reduce the attractiveness of metro systems as a target for attack by reducing deaths and injuries, increased resilience, reducing economic impact and making recovery faster. This will be achieved through wide dissemination of the findings of SecureMetro, and promotion of transfer to high speed rail of the vehicle design and technology developed for metro systems.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SST-2007-4.1-05 | Award Amount: 5.18M | Year: 2008

The European Urban Guided Transport sector (Light rails, Metros, but also Tramways and Regional Commuter trains) is still characterized by a highly diversified landscape of Safety Requirements, Safety Models, Responsibilities, Roles, Safety Approval, Acceptance and Certification Schemes. While a certain convergence in architectures and systems can be observed the safety life cycle still differs from country to country and in some cases even within one country. Furthermore security items occur more and more as vital for the urban transport sector. In some cases these items are linked to the safety of the urban transport systems. In this context safety is seen as everything dealing with the methods and techniques to avoid accidents. Security is concerned with the protection of persons and the system from criminal acts. The state of the art will be analysed, merged into harmonized and agreed joint safety packages and extended by still missing elements to strengthen excellence of European surface transport. The MODSafe consortium aims at providing for the first time a coherent and agreed Hazards Analysis and Risk Analysis. Also, beyond todays scattered landscape the MODSafe partners will for the first time define agreed safety requirements for the safety related functions of an urban guided transport system. In order to achieve such a safety requirements allocation it is necessary to construct a functional and Object Safety Model of an urban guided transport system. This model will be based on currently running and previous European projects. It will thereby utilise and test the existing knowledge and R&D results. Finally, MODSafe will develop an agreed process and layout for generic safety proofs for urban guided transport safety systems in order to improve future cross acceptances.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-2.3-2014 | Award Amount: 16.00M | Year: 2015

The ROLL2RAIL project aims to develop key technologies and to remove already identified blocking points for radical innovation in the field of railway vehicles, as part of a longer term strategy to revolutionise the rolling stock for the future. The high level objectives of the work are to pave the way to: Increase the capacity of the railway system and bring flexibility to adapt capacity to demand Increase availability, operational reliability and therefore punctuality of the vehicles Reduce the life cycle costs of the vehicle and the track Increase the energy efficiency of the system Improve passenger comfort and the attractiveness of rail transport Specific developments are proposed the scope of ROLL2RAIL: Basis of a radically new traction technology based on emerging electronic components leading towards more energy-efficient traction, which is lighter and more reliable while reducing the noise emitted New wireless technology applied to train control functionalities will allow more flexible coupling to increase line capacity Carbody solutions based on lightweight composite materials to reduce weight A way of quantifying the life-cycle cost impact of new technological solutions for running gear; Knowledge database of the variety of requirements in Europe for the braking systems to bring down barriers to step-change innovation in this area Standardised methodologies for assessing attractiveness and comfort from the passengers point of view Methodology for noise source separation techniques allowing implementation of novel and more efficient noise mitigation measures It is also the objective of ROLL2RAIL to serve as a preparation for a fast and smooth start up of the large scale initiative SHIFT2RAIL. All ROLL2RAIL results will ultimately lead to demonstration in real vehicles or relevant environments in SHIFT2RAIL.

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