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MOving block and VIrtual coupling New Generations of RAIL signalling

MOving block and VIrtual coupling New Generations of RAIL signalling

Objective

Train-centric signalling systems represent the most promising technology for increasing railway capacity and reducing railway life-cycle costs. These systems include Moving Block signalling which enables trains running at absolute braking distance, and Virtual Coupling that even aims at running at relative braking distance with train sets virtually coupled into a convoy. MOVINGRAIL aims at the further development of train-centric signalling systems by introducing and applying a multidimensional analysis framework to assess train-centric signalling from the operational, technological and business perspectives. This is applied to Moving Block and Virtual Coupling at different levels, highlighting the differences to traditional fixed block signalling.

For Moving Block signalling, state-of-the-art formal methods for train operation modelling are used to assess and improve Moving Block Operational and Engineering Rules for safe and efficient train separation. In addition, strategies and methods are developed for testing Moving Block technology, and an extensible simulation architecture is defined for automated testing that minimizes the amount of on-site testing.

For Virtual Coupling, formal methods and simulators are applied to assess and recommend radio-based communication architectures, including train-to-train communication. This also includes an evaluation and comparison of the state-of-the-art of automated functions and communication architectures from Automated Vehicle technology, including platooning. The market potential of Virtual Coupling is analyzed by defining scenarios and applying a SWOT analysis for the various railway market segments. Simulation models of railway operations are used in addition to expert opinions of key stakeholders to feed a multi-criteria cost-effectiveness analysis. The research eventually results in an application roadmap and business risk analysis for the implementation of the Virtual Coupling concept to the different markets.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Address

Stevinweg 1
2628 Cn Delft

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 389 600

Participants (4)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 330 535

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 272 500

PARK SIGNALLING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 194 500

TECHNOLUTION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 111 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 826347

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.8.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 299 135

  • EU contribution

    € 1 298 135

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands