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Development of a Novel Integrated Inspection System for the Accurate Evaluation of the Structural Integrity of Rail Tracks

Objective

The European rail industry is showing signs of steady recovery after a long period of decline. The technological advances in train design have led to the manufacturing of faster, greener and more comfortable trains making rail transport a more attractive option for passengers in comparison with other means of transportation. The ever growing need for the society to employ more environmentally friendly transportation policies is expected to further underline the economic and societal role of rail transport in achieving sustainable mobility across Europe in the years to follow. The European rail network is continuously getting busier with trains travelling at higher speeds and 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 over the last few years without however being followed by a significant improvement of the industry’s safety records. A large proportion of all infrastructure related accidents in the rail industry is due to rail failure. The continuous increase in train traffic, axle loads and speeds means that the failure of a rail section may result in very serious derailments, such as the one that took place in Hatfield, UK, in 2000, causing loss of life, injuries, severe disruption in the operation of the network, unnecessary costs, and loss of confidence in rail transport by the general public. INTERAIL seeks to practically eliminate rail failures by developing and successfully implementing an integrated high-speed system for the fast and reliable inspection of rail tracks. The application of the high-speed system will be complemented through the implementation of novel semi-automated testing equipment which will be deployed for the verification and evaluation of the defects detected during high-speed inspection.

Field of science

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  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 538 240
Administrative Contact
João Paulo Duarte (Mr.)

Participants (12)

ALFA PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 389 451
Address
Troonstraat 98
1050 Brussels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tom Vanhonacker (Mr.)
TECHNICAL SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 226 000
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 Christopher Lugg (Mr.)
TECNOGAMMA S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 190 000
Address
Vicolo Ongarie 13
31050 Morgano (Treviso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eleonora Marton (Ms.)
MER MEC FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 190 500
Address
3 Rue Marc Donadille Les Baronnies Bat A Technopol Gombert
13013 Marseille
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonella Semerano (Ms.)
INFRAESTRUTURAS DE PORTUGAL SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 248 085
Address
Praca Da Portagem
2809 013 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandra Ferreira (Ms.)
MISTRAS GROUP HELLAS ANONYMOS BIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 196 300
Address
El Venizelou 7
14452 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Kourousis (Mr.)
Feldman Enterprises Limited
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 152 500
Address
Angiou Pavlou 15
1105 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spyridon Kerkyras (Mr.)
SOCIETE DES TRANSPORTS INTERCOMMUNAUX DE BRUXELLES SSF
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 69 549
Address
Rue Royale 76
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Benoit Delvosal
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 384 925
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Fekete (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 398 500
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lavender Munikah (Ms.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 239 700
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philippe Lecestre (Mr.)
ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 58 000
Address
6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Efi Kafentzi (Ms.)