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Switch and Crossing Optimal Design and Evaluation

Objective

The overall aim of the S-CODE project is to investigate, develop, validate and initially integrate radically new concepts for switches and crossings that have the potential to lead to increases in capacity, reliability and safety while reducing investment and operating costs.

The S-CODE project will identify radically different technology concepts that can be integrated together to achieve significantly improved performance for S&C based around new operating concepts (e.g. super-fast switching, self-healing switch).

The project will build on existing European and national research projects (in particular, the lighthouse project In2Rail, Capacity4Rail and Innotrack) to bring together technologies and concepts that will significantly reduce the constraints associated with existing switch technologies and develop a radically different solution.

The project will be divided into three phases:
Phase 1: Requirements and initial design - focusing on understanding constraints and critical requirements, and developing a radically different architecture and operation that makes use of technologies from other domains;
Phase 2: Technical development - undertaking detailed modelling and simulation to identify an optimal configuration to maximise performance;
Phase 3: Validation and evaluation - testing (to TRL4) the design concepts and formally evaluating their performance in order that an integrated design can be presented for further development.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 731 830

Participants (9)

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DT - Výhybkárna a strojírna, a.s.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 623 250

FERROVIAL AGROMAN SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 287 187,50

RHOMBERG SERSA RAIL HOLDING GMBH

Austria

RAIL SAFETY AND STANDARDS BOARD LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 507 500

COMSA SAU

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 435 750

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 321 800

VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V BRNE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 318 235

UNIVERZITA PARDUBICE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 270 468,75

RHOMBERG RAIL CONSULT GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 503 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730849

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.8.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 999 771,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 771,25

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom