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QUIetening the Environment for a Sustainable Surface Transport

Objective

Noise Reducing Devices (barriers, claddings, covers and added devices following EN14388) play an important role in noise reduction: optimizing their global performance is of major concern towards Sustainable Surface Transport. QUIESST will merge, for the very first time and within a true holistic approach, “true” intrinsic products characteristics, whatever their materials and shapes, together with their extrinsic ones, in order to assess their actual global capacities to reduce the amount of people exposed to noise (END target). It will address 5 main topics: NEAR / FAR FIELD RELATIONSHIP: linking the intrinsic characteristics to the corresponding extrinsic far field effect; IN-SITU MEASUREMENT METHODS: developing methods relevant of the actual intended use, allowing long term performances control; COMPARING NRD’s PERFORMANCES with different test methods: building a database comparing both existing and new tests results and providing the relevant relationship; OPTIMIZING NRD’s GLOBAL PERFORMANCE through a HOLISTIC APPROACH: considering acoustic, non acoustic and global impact optimization, multicriteria optimization strategies, and possible global performance indicators; SUSTAINABILITY: defining the relevant generic criteria and developing the first existing NRD’s overall sustainability assessment method. The final verifiable result will be the ACTUAL USE of the “Guidebook to NRD optimisation” as a reference tool for noise mitigation. QUIESST addresses the call as it concerns surface transport noise abatement (road AND rail), considers cost benefit analysis and addresses the END objectives, covers true holistic noise abatement solutions through wave propagation and systems for passive compensation. Its team, made of 14 partners from 9 countries integrates the relevant stakeholders: Infrastructures, Industry, Universities, Research Institutes and SME. It addresses important environmental and economic concerns and will contribute to promote EU NRD’s industry.
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Coordinator

ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGIES SA

Address

Avenue Brugmann 215
1050 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 184 047

Administrative Contact

Jean-Pierre Clairbois (Mr.)

Participants (13)

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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 340 141

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 262 373

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DU BATIMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 304 117

UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 177 487

EUROPEAN UNION ROAD FEDERATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 94 587

FUNDACION CIDAUT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 83 623

Associazione far i Costruttori di Acciaio Italiani

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 76 513

CENTRE D'ETUDE TECHNIQUES DE L'EQUIPEMENT*CETE EST LRPC

France

EU Contribution

€ 135 668

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 23 271

BUNDESANSTALT FUER STRASSENWESEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 54 389

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 15 815

Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 196 937

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233730

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2009

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 594 079,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 948 968

Coordinated by:

ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGIES SA

Belgium