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Project Conclusion

The following results have been achieved in the SAFERAIL project:

  • A working prototype high frequency vibration analysis (HFVA) trackside inspection system fully integrated with De Lijn's existing infrastructure including telemetry and information systems.
  • A working prototype acoustic emission (AE) trackside inspection system fully integrated with EMEF's existing infrastructure including telemetry and information systems
  • A working prototype thermography trackside inspection system.
  • A working prototype alternating current field measurement ACFM manual inspection system.
  • A working prototype phased array ultrasonic test (PAUT) manual inspection system.

In addition to the prototypes that have been developed, training on the prototype systems has been undertaken. The end users have received demonstrations and training regarding the operation of the prototypes.

The successful implementation and commercialisation of the SAFERAIL deliverables will offer to the rail industry several technical advantages which will increase the reliability of rolling stock operations, and will help towards the optimisation of operational cost efficiency. The partners believe that the full commercialisation of the SAFERAIL technology is feasible, either as individual modules or as a complete system.

Better services would give rail transport a big competitive edge, making it the best way to combine short travel time with easy accessibility to leisure and professional hubs, and with minimal environmental impact. The challenge for Europe is to improve the safety of the rail systems in a way that is financially viable, ecologically sound, efficient and accessible to all EU countries.

SAFERAIL will allow several environmental benefits to be drawn by supporting the growth of the rail industry. It will assist in the minimisation of damage in wheelsets and wheelset related damage to the rail network and rolling stock, thus extending the operational lifetime of assets and reducing the need for new components which contribute to the depletion of valuable natural resources. The successful implementation and commercialisation of the SAFERAIL systems should potentially eliminate wheelset related derailments of freight trains carrying hazardous substances which can cause significant pollution in the surrounding area where the derailment occurred.

Vlaamse Vervoermaatschappij De Lijn (Belgium) University of Birmingham (UK) Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (Portugal) TWI Ltd (UK) SNCF (France) Feldman Enterprises LTD (Cyprus) TSC (UK) Envirocoustics S. A. (Greece) EMEF (Portugal) Alfa Products & Technologies (Belgium)Alfa Products & Technologies (Belgium) VTG Rail UK Ltd (UK)