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Eddy CUrrent Brake Compatibility

Objective

The ECUC (Eddy-Current Brake Compatibility) project's objective is to prove that linear eddy-current brake (ECB) is a very effective and applicable solution for increasing the braking capacity of new high speed trains and solving the concerns raised by infrastructure managers by proposing concrete and realistic solutions to overcome the drawbacks that ECB have experienced on some lines.
This proposal is submitted in answer to call SST.2012-2.5.1 Rail System Interoperability. ECUC establishes a work plan to demonstrate the technical feasibility of braking systems with eddy current brakes, independent of adhesion conditions, and to clarify the interaction of ECB with track and trackside equipment. In addition a new generation linear eddy-current brake will be designed and a study of electromagnetic incompatibilities and critical thermo-mechanical parameters will also be carried out. As a result, ECUC will propose new designs and engineering and operational guidelines for ECB and signalling equipment, and it will define Technical Recommendations, input for revisions of Technical Specifications for Interoperability.
The strategy for the dissemination of ECUC benefits from input from the ECUC Advisory Group and a wide dissemination strategy towards UNIFE. ECUC addresses the main stakeholders in the European railway sector using various communication and diffusion tools.
The impact of ECUC embraces the terms safety, interoperability and economy, and is addressed to the main stakeholders in the European railway industry. The medium-sized ECUC consortium is formed by CEIT (S), KNORR-BREMSE (D), ALSTOM (F), SNCF (F), DEUTSCHE BAHN (D), NETWORK RAIL (UK), UNIFE (B) and FRAUSCHER (AUT). The proposal describes the consortium's strategy in order to guarantee highly efficient coordination. This alliance offers unique advantages in terms of technical competence, complementary representation of all the key players, quality assurance and research orientation.
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Coordinator

ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT-IK4

Address

Paseo Manuel De Lardizabal 15
20018 San Sebastian

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 589 489

Administrative Contact

Daniel Valderas (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUR SCHIENENFAHRZEUGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 456 721

ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 47 597

SNCF MOBILITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 72 100

DEUTSCHE BAHN AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 354 598

NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 114 739

FRAUSCHER SENSORTECHNIK GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 222 615

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 192 320

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314244

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    31 August 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 251 728,24

  • EU contribution

    € 2 050 179

Coordinated by:

ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT-IK4

Spain