ECUC project workshop:

“Analyzing the compatibility of Eddy Current Brake with rolling stock, track and trackside equipment”

26th September, 2013 at the Grand Sablon Hotel in Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, Brussels

ECUC project – Eddy Current Brake Compatibility – is a partially EU funded European R&D project focused on the analysis of the effect of Eddy Current Brakes in railway signalling systems and tracks. Our main objective is to prove that linear eddy current brake (ECB) is an effective and applicable solution for increasing the braking capacity of new high speed trains.

Programme The workshop will start around 9:00 and the first part of the day will focus on the presentation of the project’s first steps. The results of WP2 and WP3 of the project will be presented, followed by the dissemination activities of the project during the first year. The second part of the day will be dedicated to a debate on the EM compatibility between ECB and signalling systems and the interaction between ECB and the track. The workshop will close around 16:00.

Do not miss the event, block this date in your agenda and register now by sending an e-mail to and confirming your attendance to the workshop before 31st August 2013.

Note: the workshop is free of charge. Accommodation, travel expenses, etc are paid by each participant.

The Project was presented at the XIII National ITS Congress in San Sebastian,Spain between 18th and 20th June 2013   [gallery]   Links to the event: -          Program -          ITS Spain -          XIII Congress
From 19 to 21 March, Signalling and Train Control 2013 conference, the leading and largest independent global rail signalling conference, took place in Vienna. The presentation, given by Jon del Portillo (CEIT), included the description and objectives of ECUC project. 50 senior speakers from government, rail infrastructure managers, train operating companies, consultants and suppliers participated in the conference. During the event, best practice strategies were shared across innovative funding models, project management strategies, systems integration and interoperability. Over 250 attendees and up to 50 sponsors and exhibitors participated across the 3 days. For more information please contact:  Event link:

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.”