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Final Report - EUROPAC (European Optimised Pantograph Catenary interface)

Project ID: 12440
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


The 'European optimised pantograph catenary interface' (EUROPAC) project lasted from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007, and was funded under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme. This final report of the project provides an overview of the partners' research efforts which were focused on pantograph-catenary interface, one of the most critical interfaces concerning safety and comfort.

The EUROPAC project gathered major European railway stakeholders with the aim to enhance interoperability between pantographs and catenaries all over Europe, decrease the number of incidents related to this system and reduce maintenance costs by switching from preventive maintenance to corrective maintenance. It resulted in three major outcomes: a joint simulation software, a track-side monitoring station and an on-board monitoring system.

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