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EURAXLES: Minimizing the risk of fatigue failure of railway axles

Objective

EURAXLES is a 3 year R&D project uniting 23 partners across Europe including 6 axle manufacturers, 4 railway operators/IMs, 2 system integrators, 3 technology suppliers, 5 universities, 2 rail sector associations and 1 consulting firm. The consortium is well-positioned to provide a common R&D approach to axle design, protection, inspection and maintenance which will have an impact on standards, regulations and on the market. EURAXLES aims to develop innovative, safer solutions for railway wheelsets with improved reliability in a cost effective way. The research is summarized below.
1. A design approach will be developed, including a risk analysis method which could offer a simple design route by combining loads with difference occurrences including loading specificity of vehicles and service conditions together with the axles resistances, including new materials and methods in order to predict the ‘failure probability’.
2. New developments will also include (i) improved axle protection against corrosion, including protection of already corroded axles; (ii) improved adhesion of coatings with a study of the roughness influence (adhesion and fatigue behavior); and (iii) new, innovative coating solutions. The new solutions will also aim to fulfill environmental requirements to avoid or limit VOC emissions.
3. New/improved NDT inspection methods will allow the in-service inspection of axles in order to guarantee safe service conditions with a low impact on the vehicle availability.
4. A RAMS/LCC analysis of the solutions will be carried out. The railway transportation system requires a risk analysis of the safety components. Activities will improve design validation and inspection technologies of axles which will optimise costs, safety and environmental compliance to be shown with RAMS/LCC analyses.
Results will be disseminated to the different stakeholders and the European standards/regulations for railway axles and wheelsets will be improved across Europe.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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Coordinator

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE
Address
Avenue Louise 221
1050 Bruxelles
Belgium

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Other
Administrative Contact
Léa Paties (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 296 343

Participants (23)

ALSTOM TRANSPORTE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 19 316
Address
Calle Martinez Villergas 49, Edificio V
28027 Madrid

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pablo Navazo Cuadrado (Dr.)
ANSALDOBREDA S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 39 576
Address
Via Argine, 425
80100 Napoli

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonello Gallone (Mr.)
Bonatrans Group a.s.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 130 067
Address
Bohumin Revolucni 1234
73594 Bohumin

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Radim Zima (Mr.)
Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 179 070
Address
José Miguel Iturrioz 26
20200 Beasain

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aitor Landaberea (Dr.)
DEUTSCHE BAHN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 162 160
Address
Potsdamer Platz 2
10785 Berlin

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Schaer (Ms.)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE CHIMIE DE LILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 126 337
Address
Cite Scientifique Avenue Mendeleiev
59650 Villeneuve D'ascq

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Administrative Contact
Charafeddine Jama (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 184 013
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
GUTEHOFFNUNGSHUTTE RADSATZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 129 087
Address
Gartenstrasse 40
46145 Oberhausen

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Administrative Contact
Rita Heinrichs (Ms.)
WAVESTONE ADVISORS
France
EU contribution
€ 91 619
Address
100-101 Terrasse Boieldieu Tour Franklin
92042 Paris La Defense

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Flore Gouaux (Dr.)
ULTRASEN SISTEMAS SL

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Spain
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€ 31 537
Address
Calle Acacia 34
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz

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Jose Luis Garcia Alonso (Mr.)
LUCCHINI RS SPA
Italy
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€ 185 599
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Via Oberdan 6/a
25128 Brescia

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Steven Cervello (Mr.)
MER MEC SPA
Italy
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€ 66 091
Address
Via Oberdan 70
70043 Monopoli

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Annamaria Cavaliere (Ms.)
METALOGIC N.V. A.I. TECHNOLOGIES & ENGINEERING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 71 899
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Technologielaan 11
3001 Heverlee

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Christine Buelens (Dr.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
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€ 231 776
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Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano

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Simonetta Danesi (Ms.)
Radsatzfabrik Ilsenburg GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 161 063
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Schmiedestrasse 16/17
38871 Ilsenburg

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Michael Thamm (Mr.)
Renfe Operadora
Spain
EU contribution
€ 85 356
Address
Avda Pio Xii 110
28036 Madrid

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Administrative Contact
Alvarez Julio (Prof.)
SOCIETE NATIONALE SNCF
France
EU contribution
€ 277 860
Address
2 Place Aux Etoiles
93200 St Denis

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Administrative Contact
Thi Mac-Lan Nguyen (Dr.)
TRENITALIA SPA
Italy
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€ 24 663
Address
Piazza Della Croce Rossa 1
00161 Roma

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Paolo Masini (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Spain
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€ 99 067
Address
Calle Madrid 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

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Regina Garcia Beato (Ms.)
UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER
France
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€ 54 277
Address
Rue Jean Rey 16
75015 Paris

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Hans-Jürgen Geissler (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 136 912
Address
Via Palladio 8
33100 Udine

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Martina Scrignaro (Ms.)
VALDUNES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 116 310
Address
Rue Gustave Delory
59125 Trith Saint Leger

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Administrative Contact
Nicolas Saude (Mr.)
ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

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France
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48 Rue Albert Dhalenne
93400 Saint Ouen

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Administrative Contact
Daniel Cadet (Dr.)