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Concrete railtrack panels for tunnel safety (CORPTUS)

Objective

After the European fire catastrophes in the tunnels of Tauern and Mont Blanc in 1999 and in Gotthard in 2001increasing endeavours were set, to transfer transports of dangerous goods from road to rail. From this aspectnew action plans are needed for a criti cal review of the safety of tunnels.Also for rail passengers it is high time to improve their safety in case of emergencies in tunnels. The public stillremembers the catastrophe of 1999 near Salerno, when a train fire in a tunnel caused 4 deaths. In 2001, aderailment and the following fire of a freight train, which transported cars containing dangerous goods in theHowart Street Tunnel in Baltimore City, caused severe environmental damages. The impacts of suchcatastrophes become even more threatened, when they happen in urban areas, for instance in subway tunnels:1995 in Baku Metro in Aserbadjan and 1999 in Minsk Metro, tunnel fires caused 289 and 52 fatalities,respectively.The CORPTUS project will focus on the development of a concrete rail track panel sy stem, useable for rail andsubway tunnels, which, for the first time, enables trafficable access of conventional road vehicles inemergency cases. Additionally this panel system will support the installation of cable systems forcommunication and safety and the integration of pressurized water pipelines for producing high pressure waterfog for fire brigades. As a further well-target side-effect the system will cause significant noise reduction.The panel system will be designed for broad and easy application: It will be fully compatible with all nationalEuropean and even international track gauges. It will be easy to install and will be made available as anupgrading element for existing tunnels - according to the White Paper "European transport policy for 2010 : timeto decide"- as well as it can be installed in new tunnels, e.g. on high-speed rails, as the system will allow speedsup to 250 km/h. Openings in #

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-1
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Funding Scheme

Cooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts

Coordinator

RISK ASSESSMENT INTERNATIONAL
Address
Puschmanngasse 1/3
Vienna
Austria

Participants (11)

CHLADEK & TINTERA A.S.
Czechia
Address
Nerudova 16
Litomerice
KOLNGLEIS GLEISBAU GMBH & COKG
Germany
Address
Robert-pethel-strasse 71-73
Koeln
HARTL GMBH
Austria
Address
Holz-steiner-strasse 6
Seyring
OSTERREICHISCHE BUNDESBAHNEN
Austria
Address
Elisabethstrasse 9
Vienna
COMPANIA NATIONALA CAI FERATE CFR S.A.
Romania
Address
Dinicu Golescu 38
Bucharest
MABA PREFA SPOL S.R.O
Czechia
Address
Ctvrt J Hybese 549
Veseli Nad Luznici
SWIETELSKY BAUGESELLSCHAFT M.B.H
Austria
Address
Edlbacherstrasse 10
Linz
VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V BRNE - BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Czechia
Address
Veveri 95
Brno
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT WIEN - VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
Karlsplatz 13
Vienna
WOPFINGER BAUSTOFFINDUSTRIE GMBH
Austria
Address
Wopfing 156
Waldegg
ARBEIDS FORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET AS - THE WORK RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Norway
Address
Stensberggt 29
Oslo