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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SST.2011.2.5-1. | Award Amount: 3.70M | Year: 2011

The current authorisation process for placing into service rail vehicles according to Technical Specifications for Interoperability and national safety rules is a very long and costly process. The Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) provide common regulations for the placing in service of rail vehicle, when such common understanding and harmonized rules exist. This is not the case for Electromagnetic Compatibility between rail vehicle and installed track circuits, which represents one of the major cost drivers in the authorisation process. Indeed each country has developed its own requirements and assessment process in many cases on an empirical basis and/or not even written down. The EUREMCO objective is to harmonise and reduce the certification process of rail vehicle against Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). The main concept of the project is to specify the conditions for cross-accepted certification all around Europe, through sound scientific methodologies allowing for the identification of the transfer functions to be applied to results obtained on different test tracks in different countries, for the same power supply system. For this purpose, a common understanding of transients very short and very high interference currents and a harmonized test procedure will be also developed. By addressing also non electrified lines, the EUREMCO project will cover the whole European railway network. By closing the corresponding open points in the TSIs, the EUREMCO project will lead to a time and cost reduction of the certification process of rail vehicle against Electromagnetic Compatibility issues, which correspond to an estimated saving of 60m for the next 15 years.

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.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: GALILEO-1-2014 | Award Amount: 5.52M | Year: 2015

The main ERSAT EAV objective is to verify the suitability of EGNSS (including EGNOS and Galileo early services) for safety railway application, in particular in regional lines scenario, for which a safe localization of the trains, based on satellite technologies, will be defined and developed, leading the way for the harmonization with the European ERTMS standard, by implementing the solution on a pilot line as reference. The objectives will be achieved, in a first phase by measuring and evaluating the gaps to be filled, in terms of technological criticalities and in relation to railway requirements, performing measurements under real operating conditions, building models and analysis with the help of the simulation, and finally defining and developing a system solution, implementing, testing and validating it on a pilot line, as reference for the future standardisation and certification processes. The ERSAT EAV proposal is relevant to the work programme for the exploitation of the space infrastructure, in particular prioritising the EGNSS uptake for the rail sector, fostering the competition and the innovation of the European space and rail industry and research community, and enhancing in parallel the strong coordination and synergy with the specific sector of European Railways and the main actors involved, building-up a system centered to the ERTMS platform and able to bring to the ERTMS the competitivity-dividend of the satellite promises, linked with the enormous opportunity of the local and regional lines in Europe that represent about 50% of the total railways length. The EGNSS-ERTMS based train control/protection system is especially beneficial in terms of operating costs compared to other solutions for upgrading the local/regional infrastructure, considering the forecasted average Benefit/Cost ratios of 2.2 at the European level and a remarkable increase of safety.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SST.2010.2.1-4. | Award Amount: 5.92M | Year: 2011

TIGER Project developed under the 7FP addresses the issues of promoting sustainable logistics introducing innovative railway services connecting the sea ports of the European Union with the Hinterland. This is done with particular attention to the flows generated to/from the Far East and South East Asia, involving all European major Ports, suffering from traffic congestion. In particular, two North European, and three Mediterranean Ports are key actors in researching innovative logistics solutions in TIGER. The Inland distributions to/from the Ports are being completely restructured. New production concepts based on Ship to Train operations together with shuttle trains prosecution into Inland Dry ports, are adopted. By doing so, Dry Ports constitute a sizeable extension of the yards, since they are capable of executing any Customs, handling and ancillary operations, up to delivery to final destinations. Such service restructuring is being achieved through substantial investments in ports/dry ports infrastructures, handling equipments, technology innovations, new intelligent management systems, modern production processes, and lengthening of the total value chain to/from the Dry ports up to the end users. Through TIGER, a coherent set, of innovative production cycles deliver better service, greater performances, faster transit times at a considerably reduced costs. These are the pre requisites for modal shift in favour of rail freight. Whilst TIGER is developed up to the PILOT TEST PHASE, Tiger Demo would accompany the pilots and turn them into full scale demonstrators. In fact, the market up-take of TIGER discoveries is subject to both the partners commitment and to their demonstration over a long period of time, following the pilot phase. During TIGER Demo, the fine tuning of the service performance will be achieved, being this fundamental for reaching the full commercial exploitation of the new Ports/Dry Ports/Inland distribution production process.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SST.2008.2.5.1 | Award Amount: 5.55M | Year: 2009

The certification of a rail vehicle according to European regulations, Technical Specifications for Interoperability, European Standards and national safety rules represents a significant element of both vehicle cost and time to market. Indeed, a large part of vehicle certification mandates testing for safety, performance and infrastructure compatibility. The new EN standards together with the CR/HS RST and INS TSI define test conditions and limit values for tests for acceptance of running safety parameters. DYNOTRAIN will contribute to the practical implementation of interoperability of railways systems across Europe by checking for inconsistencies and open points in the existing acceptance criteria and by proposing revisions of acceptance criteria in European standards and resolutions to close relevant open points in the TSI. The project aims at decreasing the costs associated with certification without reducing the safety level to enhance the competitiveness of rail traffic. The project is part of the TRIO-TRAIN cluster (Total Regulatory Acceptance for the Interoperable Network) which comprises 3 related projects dealing with key railway interoperability issues: Aerodynamics (AEROTRAIN), Railway Dynamics and Track Interaction (DYNOTRAIN) and Pantograph/Catenary Interaction (PANTOTRAIN) all submitted under the 2nd Call of the FP7. The objective of these projects is to propose an innovative methodology via a computer simulation/virtual homologation that will allow multi-system network and route approval in Europe to become a faster, cheaper and better process for all involved stakeholders. Therefore the success of the TRIOTRAIN cluster will lead to a time reduction for relevant parts of the certification process from 24 to 6 months; an 80% saving in effort for the acceptance of a new vehicle already accepted in an other country and an estimated financial saving of 20-50 Million/year.

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