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An Intelligent On-line High-Speed Rail Condition Monitoring System Deployed Via Passenger and Freight Trains

Objective

Greener and more comfortable trains making rail transport a more attractive option for passengers in comparison to other means of transportation. The ever growing need for the society to employ more environmentally friendly transportation policies is expected to further underline the economic and societal role of rail transport in achieving sustainable mobility across Europe in the years to follow. Today, the European rail network is continuously getting busier with trains travelling at higher speeds and carrying more passengers and heavier axle loads than ever before. The combination of these factors has put considerable pressure on the existing infrastructure, leading to increased demands in inspection and maintenance of rail assets. Several infrastructure related accidents in the rail industry occur due to rail failure. The continuous increase in train traffic, axle loads and operating speeds means that the catastrophic failure of a rail section may result in severe derailments, such as the one that took place in Hatfield, UK, in 2000, causing loss of life, injuries, severe disruption in the operation of the network, unnecessary costs, and loss of confidence in rail transport by the public. I-RAIL seeks to practically eliminate rail failures by successfully delivering a non-contact high-speed rail condition monitoring system based on Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer technology. The application of the high-speed system will be complemented through the implementation of novel semi-automated testing equipment based on ultrasonic phased array technology which will be deployed for the in-situ verification and evaluation of the defects detected during high-speed inspection. The consortium will also develop Intelligent Decision Support Tools to enable the system to provide an immediate and automated recommendation for the optimum maintenance planning.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

DYNAMICS,STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL NV
Address
Jules Vandenbemptlaan 71
3001 Heverlee
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Administrative Contact
André Van Leuven (Mr.)

Participants (9)

COMPUTERISED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Centurion Court 4 5 Brick Close Kiln Farm
MK11 3JB Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Subash Chander Sood (Mr.)
P.S.P.-PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PARTNERS SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 185 750
Address
Lambrou Katsoni Street 65 Averof
13561 Agioi Anargyroi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fragiskos Kritikos (Mr.)
SONEMAT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 198 500
Address
Sir William Lyons Road
CV4 7EZ Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Potter (Dr.)
I-MOSS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 176 125
Address
Corbielaan 5
3060 Bertem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederik Vermeulen (Dr.)
AKRON NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 193 000
Address
Mechelsevest 18/301
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geert Desanghere (Dr.)
EMEF, SA - Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário, SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 46 500
Address
Grupo Oficinal Do Entroncamento, Apartado 118
2334-909 Entroncamento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Augusto Costa Franco (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Steve Dixon (Dr.)
ENGITEC LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 14 500
Address
Arch Makarios Iii Avenue 155
3026 Lemesos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Louis Constantinou (Mr.)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 20 000
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João Paulo De Figueiredo Duarte (Mr.)