ERRAC Roadmap. Towards 2030: Energy, Noise and Vibration European Railway Roadmaps

The European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) as a European Technology Platform and an advisory body to the European Commission (EC) is advising on the research needs of European rail stakeholders. From 2009 to 2012, ERRAC focuses on concrete and detailed roadmaps of common European R&D in order to implement the Strategic Rail Research Agenda. The Energy roadmap, the noise and vibrations roadmap are managed by the ERRAC Roadmap project Work Package 1 (WP1) – The Greening of rail transport; they define how to focus research efforts of the European railway industry in order to face increased emphasis on energy efficiency, environmental impact, design and the need to prepare for changes, reduced availability (and further disappearing) of fossil fuels. The Energy roadmap praised the use of energy by the European railway sector as efficient (compared to others modes), but even for railways, savings are unavoidable, as progressing towards a free carbon economy. So the research efforts should consider: (1) The development of the regeneration of energy (re-use of kinetic (braking) energy) through the smart grids concepts, managed in a system view or infrastructure or by sub-systems. (2) Hybridisation of energy for diesel rolling stock. (3) Implementation of storing systems (batteries, supercaps, flywheels). (4) Energy efficient operation management (efficient driving, fluidification, etc.). (5) Lighter rolling stock, management of the auxiliaries’ consumption, next generation of power semi-conductor. The noise and vibration roadmaps raised the following mainlines: (1) Keeping the acoustic performance of the system (train and infrastructure) throughout its whole life. (2) A new breakthrough in noise reduction – how to succeed minus 5-10 dB or more? (3) Sustainable sound quality. (4) Ground borne vibration: towards a better knowledge for control.


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  • Accession Number: 01487810
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2013 9:12AM