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Development of Novel Inspection Systems for Railway Wheelsets

Objective

The contribution of the rail industry to the economic growth of the EU member states is widely acknowledged. Very recently, the European rail industry has started showing signs of recovery after a long period of steady decline. The technological advances in train design during the last few decades have led to the manufacturing of faster and more comfortable trains making rail transport a more attractive option for passengers in comparison to other means of transportation. The need for the society to employ greener transportation policies is expected to further enhance the role of rail transport in the global economy. Today rail networks across Europe are getting busier with trains travelling at higher speeds, carrying more passengers and heavier axle loads than ever before. The combination of these factors has put considerable pressure on the existing infrastructure, leading to increased demands in inspection and maintenance of rail assets. The expenditure for inspection and maintenance has thus, grown steadily over the last few years without however being followed by a significant improvement of the industry’s safety records. A large proportion of all equipment related accidents in the rail industry is due to failed train wheels and axles. The continuous increase in train operating speeds means that catastrophic failure of a wheel or axle may result in very serious derailments, such as the one that took place in Eschede, Germany in 1998, causing loss of life, injuries, severe disruption in the operation of the network, damage to the tracks, unnecessary costs, and loss of confidence in rail transport by the general public. SAFERAIL seeks to minimise wheelset failures by developing and successfully implementing a novel on-line system for the inspection of wheels and axles of moving trains, and a combined ultrasonic-electromagnetic system for faster and more reliable inspection of the quality of new and old wheelsets during their production and maintenance.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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TWI LIMITED
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Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 675 000
Administrative Contact
Kerry Peddar (Ms.)

Participants (10)

TECHNICAL SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 253 750
Address
Mill Square, Featherstone Road 6
MK12 5RB Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Lugg (Dr.)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 384 882
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joao Paulo Duarte (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 402 500
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Fekete (Mr.)
MISTRAS GROUP HELLAS ANONYMOS BIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 278 300
Address
El Venizelou 7
14452 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitris Kourousis (Mr.)
ALFA PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 392 618
Address
Troonstraat 98
1050 Brussels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tom Vanhonacker (Mr.)
Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 139 300
Address
Motstraat 20
2800 Mechelen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albin Van Walle (Mr.)
Feldman Enterprises Limited
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 169 150
Address
Angiou Pavlou 15
1105 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spyridon Kerkyas (Mr.)
VTG Rail UK Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 83 500
Address
Berkely Business Park, Wainwright Road 4A
WR4 9FA Worcester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Brook (Mr.)
EMEF, SA - Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário, SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 113 500
Address
Grupo Oficinal Do Entroncamento, Apartado 118
2334-909 Entroncamento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Manuel Espingardeiro (Dr.)
SOCIETE NATIONALE SNCF
France
EU contribution
€ 107 500
Address
2 Place Aux Etoiles
93200 St Denis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Pouillart (Mr.)