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Virtual certification of acoustic performance for freight and passenger trains

Virtual certification of acoustic performance for freight and passenger trains

Objective

ACOUTRAIN will simplify and improve the acoustic certification process of new rolling stock, in particular relating to the TSI Noise. Today the need of conformity assessment for a new vehicle according to the TSI Noise represents a significant element of both cost and time to market due to the need to carry out expensive and time consuming tests. The goal of the proposed project is to speed up the product authorisation by introducing some elements of virtual testing while retaining the same degree of reliability and accuracy. A successful simplification of the TSI conformity assessment process would result in a strengthening of the competitiveness of the European railway sector. The risk of not developing such a simplification would be that the expense of excessive certification of new products could hamper the introduction of new innovations.
The major outcome of the ACOUTRAIN project will be a new certification process including some elements of virtual testing. This will be ready for inclusion in the next “full revision” of the TSI Noise, planned in 2013.
The R&D work program will be implemented with the following objectives: WP1- establishment of procedures for a virtual certification of acoustic performances of freight and passenger trains; WP2 -an improvement and harmonization of the rolling noise characterization process; WP3 -establishment of methodologies to measure other noises sources; WP4 - a methodology to validate global tools for pass-by noise and standstill noise predictions so that they can be used as part of future certification; and WP5 - a validation of the procedure range for the virtual noise certification. A significant part of the project is dedicated to the relationship with the Notify Bodies and Authorities to ensure that the objectives of the project are well connected with their expectations.

Coordinator

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE

Address

Avenue Louise 221
1050 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 210 624

Administrative Contact

Nicolas Furio (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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SNCF MOBILITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 221 346

BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 198 750

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 240 851

ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 160 808

DEUTSCHE BAHN AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 111 330

FUNDACION CIDAUT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 129 323

ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON

France

EU Contribution

€ 97 500

DYNAMICS,STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 82 619

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 115 068

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 151 500

VIBRATEC

France

EU Contribution

€ 227 249

ABB SECHERON SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 46 260

PATENTES TALGO SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 12 022

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 85 970

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 284877

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 211 175,43

  • EU contribution

    € 2 091 220

Coordinated by:

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE

Belgium