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Development of the Future Rail Freight System to Reduce the Occurrences and Impact of Derailment

Objective

D-RAIL will focus on freight traffic, identifying root causes of derailment of particular significance to freight vehicles, which have a wider range of operating parameters (as a result of the huge range in loads, speeds and maintenance quality) than passenger vehicles. One key question that will be studied is how independent minor faults (e.g., a slight track twist and a failing bearing) could combine to cause a derailment. D-RAIL will extend this study to include the expected demands on the rail freight system forecast for 2050, such as heavier axle loads, faster freight vehicle speeds for time-sensitive – low volume high value high speed services (LVHVHS) – goods, radically new vehicle designs, or longer train consists. A set of alarm limits will be specified which can be selected as appropriate by infrastructure managers, depending on local conditions.


In tandem with the above analysis, current monitoring systems (both wayside and vehicle-mounted) and developing technologies will be assessed with respect to their ability to identify developing faults and potential dangers. Where current systems are shown to be deficient, the requirements for future monitoring systems will be specified. D-RAIL will also examine vehicle identification technologies, such as the standards- and interoperability-focussed RFID system being implemented by GS1 and Trafikverket.

Integration of alarm limits, monitoring systems and vehicles across national borders and network boundaries will be examined and a deployment plan set out based on RAMS and LCC analyses. Procedures for applying speed limits to faulty vehicles, or taking them out of service, will be set out; this will include communication with the parties responsible for the transport of the freight and for maintenance of the vehicle. This will input to standards, regulations and international contracts.

For field testing and validation, D-RAIL will have access to VUZ’s test track in the Czech Republic.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

Kings Gate
Ne1 7ru Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 567 315,20

Administrative Contact

Carol Huntley (Mrs.)

Participants (21)

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UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER

France

EU Contribution

€ 244 224

RAIL SAFETY AND STANDARDS BOARD LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 76 150

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 263 623

PANTEIA BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 78 200

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 250 468

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 143 988

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 552,76

LUCCHINI RS SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 25 625

MER MEC SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 284 160

FAIVELEY TRANSPORT ITALIA SPA

Italy

TELSYS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 61 389

OLTIS GROUP AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 25 200

VYZKUMNY USTAV ZELEZNICNI, AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 145 248

DEUTSCHE BAHN AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 337 450

HARSCO RAIL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 108 240

SCHWEIZERISCHE BUNDESBAHNEN SBB

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 46 817

OBB-Infrastruktur AG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 41 280

SNCF MOBILITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 56 400

TRAFIKVERKET - TRV

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 75 900

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 87 035,04

FAIVELEY TRANSPORT AMIENS

France

EU Contribution

€ 78 200

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 285162

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    30 September 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 875 197,39

  • EU contribution

    € 2 998 465

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom