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 third issue of the ECUC Newsletter contains the most important outcomes achieved at the end of the project. To read the newsletter click here.
An extensive interview to Daniel Valderas, ECUC Project Coordinator (ECUC) with the contribution of Gilles Ruaux (SNCF) and Andrea Demadonna (UNIFE) has been published on the issue 188 of the International Innovation magazine. The interview focuses on the most promising findings for greener, quieter and more economic braking technology coming from ECUC. The interview is downloadable here.
ECUC partners have published an article on the scopes and the objectives of the project in the August issue of the Railway Gazette magazine. The article can be viewed here.
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 event took place on 27th November at Bloom Hotel in Brussels, 30 participants from the European railway industry, mainline operators and ERA were present. During the event, the ECUC partners presented the first results on modeling ECB-signaling system and ECB-infrastructure interaction and discussions on worst case conditions for testing this interaction tool also place. The last part of the meeting was dedicated to exchange of information and fruitful discussions between ECUC partners and external participants.     To have more information on the ECUC project, please contact andrea.demadonna@unife.org