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Integrated Tyre and Road Interaction (ITARI)

Objective

Future trends indicate that passenger road traffic will increase by 20% from 1998 to 2010. Goods transport by road is predicted to increase by almost 40% during this period. To assure that road transport can be considered as sustainable, it is necessary to reduce the negative consequences of road traffic to an acceptable level. Road traffic with its conventional heat-engine vehicles is one of the main sources of urban pollution from greenhouse gases. It also contributes to the European Union's excessive energy consumption. With increasing efficiency of engines, secondary effects such as rolling resistance, now play a dominant role when aiming for further reduction of fuel consumption. Road traffic noise is a major environmental problem. At the CALM workshop a reduction of 19 dB were suggested as short-term target for the year 2010. A major component of road traffic noise is now tyre/road noise. Therefore to achieve the proposed reduction targets it is necessary to reduce tyre/road noise, which is still in the domain of research rather than existing knowledge. Safety is the crucial demand on road surfaces, so design of new low noise textures or textures with low rolling resistance must not risk the grip potential (especially under wet conditions). Currently more than 40,000 persons are killed on EU roads every year, but the strategic objective is to cut this number by 50% within the next eight years and 75% by 2025. The objective of ITARI is to provide the necessary tools to investigate new road surfaces with lower noise emission and lower fuel consumption and at the same time meeting safety requirements. In addition to this ITARI will demonstrate the implementation of virtually prototyped road surfaces in the production process of road surfaces. ITARI will supply knowledge, methodology and insight to enable the research community to develop sustainable road transport for the future'.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-TRANSPORT-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB
Address
Sven Hultinsgata 2
Gothenburg
Sweden

Participants (6)

MUELLER-BBM GMBH
Germany
Address
Robert-koch-strasse 11
Planegg
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
Aachen
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
University Road, Highfield
Southampton
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DU BATIMENT
France
Address
Avenue Du Recteur Poincare 4
Paris
BUNDESANSTALT FUER STRASSENWESEN
Germany
Address
Bruederstrasse 53
10 01 50 Bergisch Gladbach
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Valhallavägen 79
Stockholm