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INTEROPERABLE MONITORING, DIAGNOSIS AND MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES FOR AXLE BEARINGS

Objective

The axle bearing damage process has safety and economic implications on the exploitation of railways systems, as proved by the selection of this topic for inclusion in the present call for research proposals of the FP7 of the EU. Axle bearing damage has been the object of intense attention by railway operators and transportation authorities, leading to a variety of approaches and systems currently in place to deal with the problem. However in Europe there is some lack of standardisation which justifies R&D work on condition monitoring and early diagnosis of axle bearings by technology integration. Moreover the current European documents do not present any guidelines for the maintenance management of the rolling stocks with regards to axle bearings, which make the association of monitoring, diagnosis and maintenance an interesting approach.
The MAXBE project appears in this context and its strategic objective is to provide validated and demonstrated concepts, strategies and guidelines for the interoperable axle bearing monitoring and diagnosis that support the railway operators and managers dealing with the threats imposed by the existence of axle bearing defects.
The consortium for the MAXBE project comprises 17 partners (industry, leading universities, end-users and a SME) from 8 member states, representing operators, axle bearing manufactures, key players in the railway community and experts in the field of monitoring, maintenance and rolling stock. The presence in the consortium of one axle bearing manufacturer, market leader in the field, and three operators and railway managers, as end-users, is decisive for the enhancement and optimisation of the axle bearing diagnosis and maintenance strategies and for the definition of the new proposed approaches for the interoperability.
The MAXBE project will have impact for the reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) of rolling stock and infrastructure, focused on the axle bearings.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 299 665
Administrative Contact
Mafalda Soeiro (Ms.)

Participants (17)

INFRAESTRUTURAS DE PORTUGAL SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 62 993
Address
Praca Da Portagem
2809 013 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leonor Beja Da Costa (Mrs.)
HITACHI RAIL STS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 199 250
Address
Via Mantovani 3/5
16151 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nadia Mazzino (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 87 390
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Gille (Mr.)
COMSA SAU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 90 687
Address
Calle Viriato 47
08014 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fontserè Valentí (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 147 606
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O'connell (Dr.)
EVOLEO TECHNOLOGIES LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 90 869
Address
Rua Goncalo Mendes Maia 1350 1 H
4425 656 Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rodolfo Martins (Mr.)
NUEVAS ESTRATEGIAS DE MANTENIMIENTO S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 80 260
Address
P Mikeletegi 56 2 Parque Tecnologico De San Sebastian
20009 Donostia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonia Grijalvo (Ms.)
MER MEC SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 164 133
Address
Via Oberdan 70
70043 Monopoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sforza Patrizia (Mrs.)
SKF INDUSTRIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 223 800
Address
Via Arcivescovado 1
10121 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franck Gervais (Mr.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 73 347
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049 001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jorge Ambrosio (Prof.)
DYNAMICS,STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 413 460
Address
Jules Vandenbemptlaan 71
3001 Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
André Van Leuven (Mr.)
Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 100 200
Address
Motstraat 20
2800 Mechelen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albin Van Walle
EMEF, SA - Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário, SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 39 348,69
Address
Grupo Oficinal Do Entroncamento, Apartado 118
2334-909 Entroncamento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Augusto António Moreira Da Costa Franco (Mr.)
I-MOSS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 280 210
Address
Corbielaan 5
3060 Bertem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederik Vermeulen (Dr.)
KRESTOS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 214 000
Address
Selby Road 102
NG2 7BA Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spyros Kerkyras (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 328 450
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
NOMAD TECH LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 104 331,31
Address
Rua Deniz Jacinto 270
4350 059 Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cláudia Bessa (Mrs.)