ECUC Final Conference, jointly organised by UNIFE, Knorr-Bremse and CEIT, was held at the Marriott Hotel in Vienna on 27 August 2015. The event gathered 35 participants coming from the broader European rail community.

During the morning session, ECUC partners (CEIT, DB, Network Rail, Alstom, Knorr-Bremse, Frauscher, SNCF and UNIFE) presented the main results achieved over the 36 months of the project. Dr Daniel Valderas, ECUC Project Coordinator, welcomed the participants and introduced the main objectives of ECUC.

Dr Valderas expressed satisfaction in having so many European experts attending the Final Conference and stated, ‘’this event demonstrates the strong interest in Eddy-Current Brakes in Europe. Moreover, it is crucial to continue the very good work carried out during the last three years as Eddy-Current Brakes have a great deployment potential in Europe.’’

Focus 1 presentations focused on Eddy-Current Brakes (ECB) description and characterisation. After an introduction to ECB, partners presented the ECB passive interaction with signalling devices and highlighted the main outcomes from the test campaign in Germany in terms of ECB emissions, temperature and signalling devices interference measurement set-up. Focus 2 shifted the focus on ECB modelling, dealing with ECB electromagnetic model for worst cases and interaction with axle counters and track temperature increase model due to ECB brake forces. The last session was dedicated to Project Recommendations in terms of ECB engineering guidelines and laboratory test set up for ECB, compatibility with signalling devices and guidelines for tracks.

Ms Maya Petkova, Head of System Compatibility at Network Rail, stressed that, ‘’ECUC delivered highly valued recommendations regarding compatibility requirements with the infrastructure, to open the European market for wider deployment’’.

In the afternoon participants visited the Knorr-Bremse facility in Mödling where Eddy-Current Brakes are developed and produced and the Final Conference ended with a dinner sponsored by Knorr-Bremse.

For more information on the Final Conference and ECUC please visit the official website www.ecuc-project.eu or contact andrea.demadonna@unife.org / dvalderas@ceit.es

The ECUC team invites you to register to the project’s Final Conference ‘’Paving the way to higher compatibility of Eddy Current Brake in Europe’’ which will take place on 27 August 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Vienna. The ECUC project – Eddy CUrrent Brake Compatibility – is a three year collaborative R&D project co-funded by the EC which aims at proving that ECB is a highly effective and applicable solution for increasing the braking capacity of new high-speed trains. ECUC proposed new designs and engineering and operational guidelines for ECB and signalling equipment, as well as Technical Recommendations for the correct interoperable functioning of the ECB in a complex railway system. Come and find out about the results of ECUC while networking with stakeholders from the whole rail community! Click here to download the full agenda and the logistical information on how to reach the venue! Participation is free of charge and participants are requested to register here before 17 July 2015. Highlights of the event: - Measured ECB emissions by trackside and current regulation - Interactions with axle counters - Temperature increase in rail due to ECB brake forces - Design and test of ECBs towards new standardization - 3D computer modelling to anticipate worst cases in EMC and rail temperature - Project recommendations about future ECB development - Visit to ECB Knorr-Bremse facility in Mödling The afternoon session of the Conference will be dedicated to a technical visit in the Knorr-Bremse facility in Mödling where Eddy-Current Brakes are designed and produced. The Knorr-Bremse Group, based in Munich, Germany, is the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, and is present in Austria since 1930. In the course of the visit through Knorr Bremse facility you will see the “Test site” and “Manufacturing”, visualizing its project. ECUC has organized a bus to and from Mödling which will leave the Marriott Hotel just after lunch at 14:00 and will return at 16:30. After the production tour, Knorr Bremse invites all participants for a typical Austrian dinner at the Heurigen Spätrot / Bruckberger www.heuriger-spaetrot.com (Wienerstraße 1, 2352 Gumpoldskirchen). The dinner will be served from 17:00 o'clock and the restaurant lies only 10 Minutes from Knorr Bremse facility. A shuttle bus will run to bring participants to the restaurant and back to the center of Vienna at around 20:00. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to visit www.ecuc-project.eu or send an email to andrea.demadonna@unife.org Looking forward to meeting you all in Vienna! The ECUC Team
The second issue of the ECUC Newsletter contains the latest developments and the next steps in the project. To read the newsletter click here.  
CEIT and Alstom, two of the ECUC partners, attended the 2015 edition of Eurobrakes in Dresden and Dr. Daniel Valderas – ECUC Project Coordinator – presented the paper Electromagnetic and Therman Modeling for Eddy Current Brakes in Hight Speed Trains and Interaction with Wheel Sensors which was written by CEIT, Knorr-Bremse and Frauscher. The event was also the occasion to exchange ideas and opinions with other companies and professionals coming from the industry sector. For more information on Eurobrakes 2015 please visit the official website www.eurobrake.net
Daniel Valderas – ECUC Project Coordinator – presented the ECUC EM modeling methodology by to the participants in the CST European Users Conference 2015. Dr. Valderas said that two cases have been studied: the passive presence of the ECB passing by the wheel sensors and the analysis of the ECB when braking with high frequencies emanating from the harmonics of the power supply. To model the ECB, the CST MWS F! Solver for resonant structures was employed in combination with CST DS for EM-circuit co-simulation. In the case of the wheel sensor, the LF! Solver was employed. Data coming from measurement campaign test runs have been used to feed the model and corroborate the results. Worst case interaction conditions can be anticipated by the CST model to alleviate testing procedures. During the event, Dr. Valderas also met software experts to interact and got very positive feedback on the work carried out in ECUC. For more information on the CST European Users Conference 2015 please visit the official website: www.cst.com
The  ECUC Mid-term conference will take place on  27th November 2014,  at the Hotel Bloom (Rue Royale 250) in Brussels. The event  is aimed at informing the participants and the EU institutions on the first concrete outcomes developed by the partners, with a special attention to the model results for the temperature increase due to ECB on rail tracks and radiation coming from the power supply of the ECB on the proximity of wheel sensors. Moreover, the ECUC partners will show what has been successfully  achieved in the measurement campaign for the verification of the impact of ECBs on signaling system, including some useful test procedure for signaling system when facing ECB EMC problems. Registrations are open here. The conference is free of charge.
2 articles related to ECUC project were presented in the conference. Eurobrake was held between the 13th and 15th of May 2014 in Lille. This is the largest dedicated braking conference in the world, bringing together experts from the rail, passenger car, commercial vehicle, motorcycle, aerospace and wider industrial fields. The participation in EuroBrake brought the opportunity to connect with a powerful, international network of braking specialists from every corner of the industrial and research communities. Volker Jörgl and Jon del Portillo presented some of the results of the project up to May 2014. The conference was visited by more than 700 delegates. Conference Papers: • J. del Portillo, D.Valderas, N.Gil-Negrete, G.Lancaster, A.Alonso. Electromagnetic and Thermo-Mechanical Interaction Between Eddy Current Brake and Railway Infrastructure. EuroBrake 2014. 13-15 May 2014. Lille-Grand Palais. • M.Lehmann, T.Grunwald, T.Volk, G.Fregien, H.Lehmann, V.Jörgl. New Generation of Eddy Current Brake. EuroBrake 2014. 13-15 May 2014. Lille-Grand Palais. More information about Eurobrake 2014 can be found on www.eurobrake.net
ECUC project participated in CST European User Conference 2014, which took place between the 7th and 9th of May in Berlin, at the Grand Hotel Esplanade. This conference offered an environment where engineers using CST STUDIO SUITE tools can exchange ideas with CST staff. Several works from users working in industry, research and educational institutions were presented during the conference, as well as works carried out by CST's own simulation experts. Daniel Valderas presented some of the results of the project up to May 2014. More information about CST EUC 2014 can be found on https://www.cst.com/Events/Details?eventId=2761. Conference presentation: D.Valderas, H. Lehmann , G. Lancaster, J. del Portillo. “Eddy Current Brake modeling for high speed trains by CST”  
1 article related to ECUC project was presented in TRA (Transport Research Arena) 2014. TRA 2014 took place between the 14th and 17th of April in Paris, hosted by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and IFSTTAR. This conference is the major conference on transport in Europe, supported by the European Commission, and two European Technology Platforms: the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) and the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC). The event was visited by almost 3.000 visitors from 56 countries. Over 130 sessions, 650 presentations and 15 associated events welcomed researchers and industrial and public policy players. The conference topics address the main challenges in transport and mobility of people and goods. TRA aims to explore the most advanced research works and innovations, the latest technological and industrial developments and implementations, and innovative policies, in Europe and worldwide. As a wide and open forum open to all interested parties, it is a unique occasion to promote and improve European competitiveness and efficiency in transportation. TRA 2014 has been the first major event where the European Commission’s “Horizon 2020” research and innovation programme was discussed in depth, as the programme is due to be launched at the beginning of 2014. Jon del Portillo presented some of the results of the project up to April 2014.             More information about TRA 2014 can be found on www.traconference.eu