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FUTUre RAil freight transport: cost-effective, safe, quiet and green!

Objective

"The FUTURA action will improve the quality and safety of life of over 55 millions of EU citizens, who live or work near train tracks. The main objective of the action is to provide last development steps for market launch of Divided Rail Freight Brake Disc (DRFB disc). DRFB disc is a revolutionary solution, influencing 3 key elements in the rail freight transport: 1) safety and security, 2) health and environment and 3) cost-effectiveness with strong horizontal and vertical ""spill-over"" effects and crucial social, economic and technical impacts.
Today there are two competitive solutions: K-block and non-divided brake disc (the current state-of-the-art). Although non-divided brake disc is a superior solution (as it ensures higher safety, lower noise levels and less vibrations), it is used in practice in less than 10%, because it is too expensive. That is the problem that FUTURA action is solving. Our ambitious solution, DRFB disc, was developed by 4 high impact companies in the field of development, production and testing components for freight rail vehicles.
The specific objectives of FUTURA action are: 10-15 dB lower noise, 11% shorter braking distance, 14% less vibrations, 21% lower mass, 7% less accidents, 12% less damage of freight, 50% longer life cycle of wheels, 13% lower LCC of the disc. For an operator with 1,000 6-axle wagons, the savings within a life-cycle would amount to 5,838,000 € in comparison with K-block and 9,840,000 € in comparison with non-divided brake disc. DRFB disc will contribute considerably toward increasing the transported freight volumes via rail, which is environmentally friendlier than alternative modes (by road and air).
Total available market size for our innovation is around 12 billion € per year. Our key target markets are EU, USA, Canada, Russia, China, India and Brazil. The aim of commercialising the innovation is to capture 7% of the market share in the production of brakes for rail freight wagons on the global market."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/freight transport
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

KOVIS PROIZVODNA DRUZBA DOO
Address
Brezina 102
8250 Brezice
Slovenia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 999 092,50

Participants (3)

OMNIA KLF A.S.
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 245 000
Address
Kukucinova 2734
02401 Kysucke Nove Mesto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZX-BENET CZ SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 246 312,50
Address
Dolni 404
74715 Silherovice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VYSKUMNY USTAV DOPRAVNY AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 178 500
Address
Velky Diel 3323
010 08 Zilina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)