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Train interior passive safety for Europe

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 31260

  • Start date

    11 July 2006

  • End date

    10 July 2010

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 256 752

  • EU contribution

    € 1 891 122

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSTIY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

Objective

Train crash events can be basically depicted into two phases:
i) The primary collision, where the initial kinetic energy is progressively dissipated by means of plastic structural deformation. In this phase occupant compartment integrity and acceptable vehicle acceleration levels (crash pulses) are the most important design requirements to be considered.
ii) The secondary collision, where the occupant will be subject to a great variety of potentially harmful occupant/interior or occupant/occupant contacts. Design requirements must involve the aspects of interior layouts, acceptable severity levels and biomechanical response to vehicle crash pulses.

This new interior passive safety platform will provide tangible and commercially viable solutions and a system s approach to methodically reduce injuries and fatalities by combining and exploiting in a cost efficient and optimised manner the already well matured railway structural crashworthiness (closely linked with primary collisions events), with injury biomechanics, directly associated with secondary collisions. The friendliness of the compartment interior is a major design issue and its treatment will complete the framework of railway passive safety. The purpose of the SAFEINTERIORS project is to provide the different railway stakeholders with a currently missing platform capable of assessing interoperability of all present and future interior rail vehicle layouts.

The proposed framework will address design requirements and assess new interior solutions following advanced state-of-art interior designs, representative layouts, a range of suitable crash pulses and new test and validation procedures suitable to the rail industry. The use of new materials will be fully exploited to improve the occupant/furniture con tact characteristics and contribute to lower overall vehicle mass levels.

Coordinator

UNIVERSTIY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Participants (15)

ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

France

ATOC LTD. (ASSOCIATION OF TRAIN OPERATING COMPANIES)

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON HEC

United Kingdom

FUNDACIÓN PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN Y DESARROLLO EN AUTOMOCIÓN

Spain

DEUTSCHE BAHN AG

Germany

GRUPO ANTOLIN TRANSPORT

France

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

MIRA LTD.

United Kingdom

RAIL SAFETY AND STANDARDS BOARD LIMITED

United Kingdom

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

UNION OF EUROPEAN RAILWAY INDUSTRIES

Belgium

VUKV A.S.

Czechia

BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION GMBH

Germany

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE SUR LES TRANSPORTS ET LEUR SÉCURITÉ

France

SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER FRANÇAIS

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 31260

  • Start date

    11 July 2006

  • End date

    10 July 2010

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 256 752

  • EU contribution

    € 1 891 122

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSTIY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom