In order to ensure that the research and innovation objectives of ECUC project are achieved, a clearly defined work program has been drawn up and divided in seven work packages:

Work Packages

WP1: Project management

  • Improvement of the understanding of the interaction between the eddy-current brake and the track and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Identification of critical thermo-mechanical and electromagnetic parameters and the related vehicle and trackside compatibility limits.
  • Design of a test setup and test site for linear eddy-current brake systems.
  • Design of a test procedure to prove the compatibility between eddy-current brake, rolling stock, track and the signalling systems.
  • Development of new design, engineering and operational guidelines for eddy-current brakes and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Dispersal of the results to the main stakeholders across the European railway sector with the central goal of being the proposal of new requirements to improve the standardization process of ECB.
  • Designing and maintaining partner specific templates for collecting input to the required EC documents;
  • Implementing and maintaining of a project-specific database for reporting and controlling, including the adaptation of the structure after changes in the work plan and the consortium,
  • Drafting and maintaining the dissemination and exploitation plan following the EC’s requirements;
  • Preparing and post-processing of EC reviews from the consortium-side including support in the implementation of recommendations from the EC and reviewers;
  • Preparing, executing and post-processing of major project meetings such as Steering Committee meetings, General Assemblies and meetings with the advisory group (tasks: agendas, invitations, location of meeting places, organization of rooms and equipment, preparation and distribution of materials, minutes and action lists);
  • Implementing and maintaining the project infrastructure, e.g., the internal platform for information exchange and email lists;
  • Handling of legal issues, IPR issues and maintenance of the consortium agreement, if obligatory
  • Handling of the project correspondence and the day-to-day requests from partners and external bodies.

WP2: Identification of the performance requirements, design parameters and their relationship

  • Improvement of the understanding of the interaction between the eddy-current brake and the track and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Identification of critical thermo-mechanical and electromagnetic parameters and the related vehicle and trackside compatibility limits.
  • Design of a test setup and test site for linear eddy-current brake systems.
  • Design of a test procedure to prove the compatibility between eddy-current brake, rolling stock, track and the signalling systems.
  • Development of new design, engineering and operational guidelines for eddy-current brakes and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Dispersal of the results to the main stakeholders across the European railway sector with the central goal of being the proposal of new requirements to improve the standardization process of ECB.
  • Establish a common knowledge database that describes all referenced problems of ECB.
  • Establish the requirements of the ECB by means of the analysis of the interaction between ECB and the infrastructure (rail head, signalling systems) and rolling stock.
  • Establish the design parameters of ECB regarding their functionality.
  • Establish the qualitative relationship between the causes and the consequences that enables a common and thorough understanding of the physical phenomena and their effects on availability and safety.

WP3: Eddy-current brake compatibility model design and implementation

  • Improvement of the understanding of the interaction between the eddy-current brake and the track and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Identification of critical thermo-mechanical and electromagnetic parameters and the related vehicle and trackside compatibility limits.
  • Design of a test setup and test site for linear eddy-current brake systems.
  • Design of a test procedure to prove the compatibility between eddy-current brake, rolling stock, track and the signalling systems.
  • Development of new design, engineering and operational guidelines for eddy-current brakes and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Dispersal of the results to the main stakeholders across the European railway sector with the central goal of being the proposal of new requirements to improve the standardization process of ECB.
  • The main objective of this WP is to design and verify the Eddy-current Brake Compatibility model that estimates electromagnetic interference levels affecting the functionality of the spot signalling systems and the thermal and mechanical issues affecting the infrastructure. This model is a tool that will enable in WP4 the definition of the representative worst case conditions, which is ultimately a key point to establish the technical specifications for the test setup, procedure and test site (WP5).

WP4: Definition of representative worst case conditions

  • Improvement of the understanding of the interaction between the eddy-current brake and the track and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Identification of critical thermo-mechanical and electromagnetic parameters and the related vehicle and trackside compatibility limits.
  • Design of a test setup and test site for linear eddy-current brake systems.
  • Design of a test procedure to prove the compatibility between eddy-current brake, rolling stock, track and the signalling systems.
  • Development of new design, engineering and operational guidelines for eddy-current brakes and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Dispersal of the results to the main stakeholders across the European railway sector with the central goal of being the proposal of new requirements to improve the standardization process of ECB.
  • The main objective of this WP is to define the conditions that maximize the emitted interferences created by the ECB system. The conditions should not only be set on the basis of known worst situations but on a thorough understanding of all the possible situations, by means of the model of WP3. Realistic representative worst case conditions have to be established, and they will then be the inputs for the requirements for the test site, test procedure and test setup, which will be developed and executed in WP5.

WP5: Test site, test procedure and test setup design and implementation

  • Improvement of the understanding of the interaction between the eddy-current brake and the track and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Identification of critical thermo-mechanical and electromagnetic parameters and the related vehicle and trackside compatibility limits.
  • Design of a test setup and test site for linear eddy-current brake systems.
  • Design of a test procedure to prove the compatibility between eddy-current brake, rolling stock, track and the signalling systems.
  • Development of new design, engineering and operational guidelines for eddy-current brakes and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Dispersal of the results to the main stakeholders across the European railway sector with the central goal of being the proposal of new requirements to improve the standardization process of ECB.
  • The main objective of this WP is to define the test site, test procedure and test setup for the measurement of the ECB emissions and thermo-mechanical behaviour and to carry out the relevant laboratory and line tests.
  • These tests will be divided in two main groups. On the one hand, the tests will be carried out in the laboratory and on the other hand, a train equipped with ECB will be tested in the track. In both cases the contributors will need to measure three types of physic parameters: EM signals, temperature and mechanical parameters.
  • There will be a short test campaign, mainly in the laboratory, to assure the new generation ECB and a longer one where more parameters will be measured.

WP6: Technical Recommendations and design, engineering and operational guidelines

  • Improvement of the understanding of the interaction between the eddy-current brake and the track and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Identification of critical thermo-mechanical and electromagnetic parameters and the related vehicle and trackside compatibility limits.
  • Design of a test setup and test site for linear eddy-current brake systems.
  • Design of a test procedure to prove the compatibility between eddy-current brake, rolling stock, track and the signalling systems.
  • Development of new design, engineering and operational guidelines for eddy-current brakes and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Dispersal of the results to the main stakeholders across the European railway sector with the central goal of being the proposal of new requirements to improve the standardization process of ECB.
  • This work package will define, by one hand, the design, engineering and operational guidelines of the operational ECB, its installation, the tracks and the signalling systems and, by the other hand, provide an input for the issue of a Technical Recommendations for the ECB and the infrastructure (signalling systems, tracks,…).

WP7: Exploitation and dissemination activities

  • Improvement of the understanding of the interaction between the eddy-current brake and the track and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Identification of critical thermo-mechanical and electromagnetic parameters and the related vehicle and trackside compatibility limits.
  • Design of a test setup and test site for linear eddy-current brake systems.
  • Design of a test procedure to prove the compatibility between eddy-current brake, rolling stock, track and the signalling systems.
  • Development of new design, engineering and operational guidelines for eddy-current brakes and trackside signalling equipment.
  • Dispersal of the results to the main stakeholders across the European railway sector with the central goal of being the proposal of new requirements to improve the standardization process of ECB.
  • To set up the dissemination strategy and tools to facilitate wide-spread information transfer among and beyond the members of the consortium;
  • To ensure that the research carried out in the project fully exploits existing knowledge and is focused on the aspects of the work. As a whole the project consortium incorporates a significant portion of the knowledge on the state-of-the-art which will be appropriately exploited;
  • To ensure the project outputs reach the relevant rail stakeholders who will implement them (via Technical Recommendations).