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PINTA Report Summary

Project ID: 730668
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PINTA (IP1 Traction TD1 and Brakes TD5 – Phase 1)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

This project has been developed as Phase 1 of the work which will be developed within the Technical Demonstrators Traction (TD1.1) and Brakes (TD1.5) during the implementation of Shift2Rail.
The ultimate goals of TD Traction and TD Brakes are, from one side to bring to the market a new generation of traction drive equipment and, on the other side, to develop safe brake systems based on adhesion management with higher braking performance, lower life cycle cost and noise levels.
The project PINTA (IP1 Traction TD1 and Brakes TD5 Phase 1) addresses the topic S2R-CFM-IP1-01-2016 –Development of concepts towards the next generation of traction systems and management of wheel/rail adhesion –of the first H2020-S2R Call for project for the JU members.
This project has been developed to tackle the two main challenges related to Traction systems and Adhesion highlighted in the Call text.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The work and main results per Workpackages are
• WP1 Top level requirements
The WP1 has started with the right pace. A questionnaire has been developed, agreed and distributed where expected requirements evolution for 7 KPIs relevant to PINTA Traction & Brakes have been updated from Roll2Rail (R2R) WP1 Traction deliverable.
• WP2 Development of lab prototypes
The WP2 has started slowly, mainly due to the fact that technical experts were still mobilized on R2R WP1 Traction, with a strong effort to provide R2R Deliverables due on quarter1 2017. The PINTA WP2 teams have been warned that an acceleration of work is needed and an internal to consortium new expenses measure will be done on June 2017 to check that the recovery plan gives results.
In more details, the main achievements have been:
Metro : the subsystem studies have been done on control electronics and converters cores.
Sub-urban : An high level traction sub-system specification has been completed (D2.5 submitted on Month 3), the characterization of SiC components on device level and a detailed test plan work have started.
Electronic-Transformer Regional : several activities have begun : train architecture including e-transfo, static characterization of new SiC semi-conductors, first technical investigations on the communication protocol between the Traction control electronic and the local gate drives of the e-transfo.
Traction SiC Regional : The general sizing of the traction system and components have begun, the list of specific solutions and technologies to achieve the Traction KPIs targets has been described and a roadmap of development has been refined after R2R WP1 early work. The specifications of the main transformer, motors, power module have begun.
Regional Traction system smart maintenance : The general principles of smart maintenance have been discussed, including on and off board hardware organization, level of data treatment. The need of a more general smart maintenance meeting at IP1 level has been underlined, and in between organized with the S2R Cross Cutting Activities leader. The Regional train actual maintenance situation ( type of failure, criticity on operation) is studied on preventive and curative maintenance.

• WP3 Tools and methodologies to reduce noise and EMI emission
The WP3 has started slowly, mainly due to the fact that technical experts were still mobilized on R2R WP1 Traction, Task3 Noise, with a strong effort to provide R2R Deliverables due on quarter1 2017
Acoustic noise simulation : discussion to set common specification for the work to be performed
EMI noise reduction : discussion to set common specification for the work to be performed ; the specifications and the goals for the new models and methodologies to be developed have been prepared.

• WP4 Tools and methodologies for increased reliability, availability and smart maintenance.
The WP4 has started slowly, mainly due to the fact that technical experts were still mobilized on R2R WP1 Traction, Task4 Reliability/availability, with a strong effort on quarter4 2016 to provide R2R Deliverables due on quarter 1 2017. The WP4 is active, no specific major achievement has to be underlined at the end of year1.

• WP5 Requirements, specifications and developments for virtual validation and certification.
The WP5 has started slowly, no specific major achievement has to be underlined at the end of year1.

• WP6 Supply standardisation for key components & technology transfer.
The WP6 has started slowly, linked to the nature of WP6 work: the pre-standardisation activity needs to get inputs and scientific/technical significant progress from other PINTA WPs before being able to provide pre-standardisation work.
Nevertheless, on standardization activity, the Semiconductor specification from R2R WP1 Traction has been sent out for review to all partners including operators (DB & SNCF), feedback comments from main worldwide suppliers is expected in the coming months.

• WP7 Adhesion detection and low adhesion management
The WP7 has started with the right pace, the expenses are in line with expectation.
Many work took place on the first sub-task of the WP7 Adhesion Data Collection Specification: collection of existing adhesion data, spreadsheet of relevant parameters has been compiled, list of consequences of low/alternating adhesion conditions, possible methods to collect adhesion data during traction as well as braking have been discussed. A train is currently being equipped with a data logger in order to collect additional data.
First discussions have been made on the generation of requirements for adhesion recovery systems.

• WP8 Adhesion modeling and laboratory & track reproduction systems
The WP8 has started on Task 8.1 Adhesion Modeling Specification with a focus on workload distribution and first deliverable D8.1 structure discussion.

• WP9 Project Management and Technical Coordination
The WP9 has started including the practical implementation of the PINTA governance structures ( Technical Management Team and Steering Committee ) implementation.
On the technical coordination of the project, the kick off meeting has been organized at the end of September 2016, quarterly meetings scheduled, monthly progress reviews organized and held.
On the Administrative and Financial management, the pre-financing has been received and distributed to PINTA partners.
The organization of work for Year1 Financial and technical reports has been implemented.

• WP10 Dissemination, communication and exploitation
The WP10 has started in parallel with WP9. The PINTA logo has been chosen. Templates for word report, powerpoint presentations have been distributed.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The ambitions of Shift2Rail which are inherited by PINTA require substantial ground-breaking improvements in the two key vehicle technology areas addressed by the Project. Indeed, current vehicle solutions are getting closer to their enhancement limits and new radical proposals must be envisaged to accomplish the goals.
Rest of description : see chapter 1.3 of the Year1 Technical report
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