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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
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United Kingdom
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 567 315,20
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Carol Huntley (Mrs.)

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UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER
France
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€ 244 224
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Rue Jean Rey 16
75015 Paris
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Other
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Aline Wego (Ms.)
RAIL SAFETY AND STANDARDS BOARD LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 76 150
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The Helicon 1 South Place
EC2M 2RB London
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Other
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Jill Moore (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
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€ 263 623
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Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Norbert Ostermann (Prof.)
PANTEIA BV
Netherlands
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€ 78 200
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Bredewater 26
2715 CA Zoetermeer
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Kees Nederstigt (Mr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
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€ 250 468
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41296 Goeteborg
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Katarina Ekman (Ms.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
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Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
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Simonetta Danesi (Dr.)
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

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United Kingdom
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€ 1 552,76
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Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6BH Manchester
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Paul Allen (Dr.)
LUCCHINI RS SPA
Italy
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€ 25 625
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Via Oberdan 6/A
25128 Brescia
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Claudio Sonzogni (Dr.)
MER MEC SPA
Italy
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Via Oberdan 70
70043 Monopoli
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Patrizia Sforza (Dr.)
FAIVELEY TRANSPORT ITALIA SPA

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Italy
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10045 Piossasco To
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TELSYS GMBH
Germany
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€ 61 389
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Werdauer Strasse 1-3
01069 Dresden
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Sven Scholz (Dr.)
OLTIS GROUP AS
Czechia
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€ 25 200
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Dr Milady Horakove 1200/27A
77900 Olomouc
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Miroslav Haltuf (Mr.)
VYZKUMNY USTAV ZELEZNICNI, AS
Czechia
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€ 145 248
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Novodvorska 1698
14201 Praha Branik
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Hejzlar Lukas (Mr.)
DEUTSCHE BAHN AG
Germany
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€ 337 450
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Potsdamer Platz 2
10785 Berlin
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Andrea Schaer (Ms.)
HARSCO RAIL LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 108 240
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Kingston Road 299
KT22 7SG Leatherhead
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Allan Zarembski (Dr.)
SCHWEIZERISCHE BUNDESBAHNEN SBB
Switzerland
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€ 46 817
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Hilfikerstrasse 1
3014 Bern
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Urs Nietlispach (Mr.)
OBB-Infrastruktur AG
Austria
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€ 41 280
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Praterstern 3
1020 Wien
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Karl Pumper (Mr.)
SOCIETE NATIONALE SNCF
France
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€ 56 400
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2 Place Aux Etoiles
93200 St Denis
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Michel Pineau (Mr.)
TRAFIKVERKET - TRV
Sweden
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€ 75 900
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Roda Vagen 1
781 89 Borlange
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Helena Wesstrom (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
United Kingdom
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€ 87 035,04
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Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
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Denise Ogden (Ms.)
FAIVELEY TRANSPORT AMIENS
France
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€ 78 200
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Rue Andre Durouchez 115 Zone Industrielle
80000 Amiens
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Nicolas Delbarre (Mr.)