ARCHESProject reference: 31272
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Assessment and rehabilitation of Central European highway structures
Total cost:EUR 2 942 413
EU contribution:EUR 1 799 930
Topic(s):SUSTDEV-2005-188.8.131.52.4 - Research domain 2.2 (only for a new generation of products and systems in waterborne transport), research domain 2.3 (for all types of transport vehicles and vessels excluding passenger cars), research domain 2.4 and research domain 2.6.
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-TRANSPORT-4See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
The increasing volume of European transport urgently requires an effective road and rail system in Central and Eastern countries. To bring this transport infrastructure up to modern European standards will require an immense investment - estimated by the European Commision to be about 100 billion euros, and a long term vision. New motorways will be required with many new bridges. Numerous existing bridges will need to be assessed, and a large portion of them improved or eplaced. The overall goal of the proposed project is to develop ways to raise the standard of the highway structures of NMS and CEEC to the level necessary for their full eomic integration into the EU and for the future development of the Union. The works will focus on the development of technologies and procedures for optimised servation of highway structures, taking into account issues particular to the NMS. This will be achieved by a global ceptual approach which can be summarised as Avoid, Prevent and Harden. Rehabilitation and replacement will be as far as possible avoided by developing better safety assessment methods. Corrosion of reinforcement in crete structures will be prevented with new cepts of localised cathodic protection, and the application of new, cheaper, low alloy steel reinforcement. Advanced materials with very low permeability and high ductility will be used to replace deteriorated crete and waterproofing memebranes, harden structures in critical zones and provide long-term durability. A strong emphasis will be put on pilot applications to demonstrate on real structures, in several countries of the sortium, the applicability of the cepts and techniques set forth. The ARCHES project is part of a cluster of three complementary STREPs which will be coordinated by the CERTAIN coordination action. The purpose of this is to guarantee that Engineers in the field will be informed, trained and will implement the results immediately on completion of the research.