ECUC Kick-Off Meeting – 11 September 2012

Date: 05.12.2012 | Meetings

ECUC project launches successfully

San Sebastian 11 September 2012 – the kick-off event of the European Research project ECUC has been held. The project began officially on the 1st of September 2012, and is part funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme.

The FP7 EU-funded ECUC project was successfully launched on 11 September 2012 in San Sebastian. The project – Eddy Current brake Compatibility – aims to improve the understanding of the interaction between Eddy Current Brake (ECB) and the track and trackside equipment.

Therefore, ECUC project’s primary objective is to prove that ECB is a highly effective and applicable solution for increasing the braking capacity of new high-speed trains. Secondly, it aims to solve the existing concerns by proposing concrete and realistic solutions to overcome any possible drawbacks that ECB have experienced on some lines. A new generation linear eddy-current brake will be designed and the study of incompatibilities will be performed in two domains: electromagnetic and thermo-mechanical.

Moreover, the test setup and test site that enables the approval test for linear eddy current brakes, focusing not only on the functionality, but also on thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic requirements, will be designed. As a result, ECUC aims the definition of guidelines for eddy current brakes and signalling equipment, and it will define recommendations for the correct interoperable functioning of the ECB in a complex railway environment as an input for revisions to Technical Specifications for Interoperability.

The joint kick-off event was attended by the members of the project consortia and the European Commission. 8 partners (Infrastructure Managers, Operators, Industry companies, a Research Center and UNIFE) are involved in the project and CEIT (Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas) is the coordinator.”