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Sustainable Bridges: Assessment for future traffic demands and longer lives (SUSTAINABLES BRIDGES)

Objective

Upgrading of the existing European railway bridges is needed to meet the demands for increased railway transportation capacity. The objectives of this project are to -Increase the transport capacity of existing bridges by allowing axle loads up to 33 tones for freight traffic at moderate speeds -Increase the capacity for passenger traffic with low axle loads by increasing the maximum speeds up to 350km/hour -Increase the residual lifetime of existing bridges with up to 25% -Enhance management, strengthening and repair systems The overall goal is to enable improved capacity without compromising the safety and economy of the working railway. Much previous research work has been carried out within the above areas. There is, however, a need for integration, innovative development and testing in order to establish efficient procedures for management and safe upgrading of railway bridges.

The following work will be carried out: Map existing knowledge and bridge types (WP 1)·Investigate demands for interoperability between countries (WP2)·Develop new methods for condition assessment and inspection (WP 3)·Develop new methods to determine capacity and resistance. Investigate loads and load distributions (WP4)·Develop monitoring methods based on new technologies (WP 5)·Develop new repair and strengthening methods using e.g. carbon fibres (WP 6) Demonstrate new methods by field testing of existing and new bridges (WP 7-8)·Train bridge consultants and contractors in the use of the new methods (WP 9)

The project will be carried out by a consortium of bridge owners, consultants, contractors universities and research institutes from all over Europe. Professor Ingvar Olofsson, Skanska, Sweden, will be coordinator and Professor Lennart Elfgren, Luleå University of Technology Sweden, will be Scientific Leader. A team of Work Package Leaders will report to an Executive Board appointed by a General Assembly, where all represented.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-TRANSPORT-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

SKANSKA SVERIGE AB
Address
Raasundavaegen 2
Solna
Sweden

Participants (31)

NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Melton Street 40
London
BANVERKET, SWEDISH NATIONAL RAIL ADMINISTRATION
Sweden
Address
Jossi Bjorlings Vag 2
Borlange
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
Berlin
COWI A/S
Denmark
Address
Parallelvej 2
Lyngby
EIDGENOESSISCHE MATERIALPRUEFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
Duebendorf
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
University Campus, Porsoen
Luleaa
LABORATOIRE CENTRAL DES PONTS ET CHAUSSEES
France
Address
Boulevard Lefebvre 58
Paris
KORTES
Finland
Address
Rautionkatu 2C
Oulu
CITY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Northampton Square
London
UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
United Kingdom
Address
The Crescent 43
Salford,manchester
SWEDISH GEOTECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Olaus Magnus Vaeg 35
Linkoeping
STO SKANDINAVIA AB
Sweden
Address
Gesällgaten 6
Lïndkoping
DESIGNTECH PROJEKTSAMVERKAN AB
Sweden
Address
Aurorum 2
Lulea
VAEGVERKET - SWEDISH NATIONAL ROAD ADMINISTRATION
Sweden
Address
Roeda Vaegen 1
Borlange
DEUTSCHE BAHN AG
Germany
Address
Postdamer Platz 2
Berlin
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
Aachen
NORUT TEKNOLOGI A.S.
Norway
Address
Lodve Langes Gt 2
Narvik
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ecublens
Lausanne
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB
Sweden
Address
Sven Hultinsgata 2
Gothenburg
UNIVERSITY OF OULU
Finland
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
Oulu
FINNISH RAIL ADMINISTRATION
Finland
Address
Kaivokatu 6
Helsinki
FINNISH ROAD ADMINISTRATION
Finland
Address

Box 33 Helsinki
SOCIETE NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER FRANCAIS
France
Address
Rue Du Commandant Rene Mouchotte 34
Paris
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
Address
The Rectory, Largo Do Paco
Braga
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona 31
Barcelona
PKP POLSKIE LINIE KOLEJOWE SA
Poland
Address
Targowa 74
Warsaw
VLADIMIR CERVENKA - CONSULTING
Czechia
Address
Predvoje 22
Praha 6
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Valhallavaegen 79
Stockholm
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
117 Lund
WROCLAW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Poland
Address
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27
Wroclaw