The main objective of In2Track project is to set the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network by delivering important building blocks that unlock the innovation potential that have been identified as part of the Shift2Rail Innovation Programme 3.
The specific objectives of IN2TRACK are divided into three parts;
A whole-system approach, which is defined as the system boundaries extending from dynamic wheel-rail interaction (loading input) through to degradation of the S&C system, sub-systems, individual components, and underlying track foundation, will also be at the heart of IN2TRACK on how to reach the objectives.
WP1 - Project managementWP2 - Enhanced switches and crossingsThe overall objective of WP2 is to build upon the engineering side of IN2TRACK’s whole-system evaluation of existing European S&C (Switches & Crossings) systems from INNOTRACK, Capacity4Rail and In2Rail to improve both RAMS (Reliability and Maintainability System ) performance and LCC (Life Cycle Cost) enhancements for maintenance approaches and to serve IN2SMART Specific objectives include:
Analysis of S&C failure modes, root causes and cost drivers based on existing studies;
Development of an enhanced S&C whole system behaviour models for better understanding and design optimisation. The whole system modelling approach will integrate mechanical, electrical, software and control components to deliver required improved capabilities and performance;
Development of improved components and technologies to optimise S&C sub-systems (e.g. Points Operating Equipment) for RAMS performance whilst reducing whole system LCC.
Development of new sustainable materials and repair, maintenance technologies, and methods to minimise deterioration and failures allowing for extended asset life, reduced maintenance intervention and lower LCC;
Enhanced wheel-rail interaction and related decreases in deterioration through improved S&C designs;
Enhanced inspection, monitoring and measurement through intelligent use of embedded and integrated sensors for self-diagnostics and remote condition monitoring to quantify asset condition, deterioration and performance as a whole;
Use of whole system design and an enhanced sensor system to enable intelligent switch control, for self-adjustment, to maintain optimised performance and safety limits;
Enhanced S&C control for self-maintenance and improved RAMS performance.WP3 - Enhanced trackThe research in WP3 aims to significantly improve the performance of the track structure. This relates to costs (in a life-cycle sense), robustness (in a RAMS-sense) and performance (e.g. load carrying capacity).
To this end, innovative solutions in the form of methods (e.g. whole system technical evaluation framework), products, processes (e.g. track status assessment evaluation for maintenance planning purposes and maintenance execution) and procedures (e.g. establishment of technical requirements) will be the focus of the research. WP4 - StructuresThe objective of WP4 is to:
develop faster and more accurate methods for inspection and assessment of tunnels and bridges including improved repeatability, reproducibility, quality and effectiveness.
develop new repair, strengthening and upgrading techniques which result in reduced traffic disruption and fast installation with short track access time
set the base for future development of noise and vibration damping methods for structures WP5 - Scientific and technical coordination and system integrationThe focus of WP5 is to ensure that the output of IN2TRACK is of high-quality i.e. that results are based on sound scientific investigations, are clearly presented, and that feasibility and limitations of results is indicated as far as possibleTo this end, WP5 will act in advisory, supervisory, and coordinating roles. The advisory role lies in the operational stages of the research where it provides advice e.g. in the form of early review of Deliverable report skeletons. The aim is to provide a critical review of the planned research actions and identify potential issues at an early stage. WP6 - Dissemination communication and explotation
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On 22 January 2019, the Final Conference of the Shift2Rail JU funded IP3 Project IN2TRACK took place at the UIC headquarters in Paris.
IN2TRACK (Research into Enhanced Tracks, Switches and Structures) is a €6.4 million collaborative R&D project partly funded by the Shift2Rail JU within the Horizon 2020 programme. This 30-month project is coordinated by Trafikverket and has a total of 25 partners from 10 different European countries.
Attended by more than 70 participants from 18 countries across the European railway community and beyond, the IN2TRACK Final Conference was the opportunity to share the results of the project aimed at setting the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network by delivering important building blocks that unlock the innovation potential identified as part of the Shift2Rail-JU Innovation Programme. Mr Nikolaos Athanasopoulos, Shift2Rail JU programme manager, and Mr Sam Berggren, project coordinator, opened the conference and presented IN2TRACK’s role in the Shift2Rail programme as well as the main objectives of the project. Featuring a good balance between sector activities, the conference then included presentations of results from the three technical Work Packages:
WP2 – Enhanced switches and crossings
WP3 – Enhanced track
WP4 – Structures (tunnels and bridges)
Over the lifespan of the project, the IN2TRACK partners have made extensive efforts to better understand key phenomena in the technical areas and develop methods to predict how these phenomena will evolve over time under different operational conditions. The IN2TRACK partners have also developed new techniques for repair and upgrade to reduce traffic disruption. Their work includes the development of safer methods of assessment for tunnels and bridges, such as the use of embedded sensors for self-diagnostics and condition and of methods to reduce noise and vibration.
After the presentation of the technical results, a round table was organised to allow further questions from the audience related to the findings of the project and future work anticipated for IN2TRACK2. This round table, animated by Mr Simon Fletcher (UIC) was composed of Mr Nikolaos Athanasopoulos from the Shift2Rail JU, Mr Sam Berggren and Mr Anders Ekberg (Trafikverket), Ms Melanie Denley and Mr Andrew Turner (Network Rail), Mr Samir Assaf (Railenium) and Mr Carlos Hermosilla (Acciona) representing the different areas of research in IN2TRACK and the different categories of members in the project.
To conclude the day, Mr Sam Berggren officially passed on the torch to the coordinator of IN2TRACK2, Mr Yusuf Tross from Network Rail.
Presentations of the day are available at: bit.ly/2AY3Djk.
For further information, please contact Mr Sam Berggren, project Coordinator, at: email@example.com.
Invitation to the Final Conference of the Shift2Rail JU Funded IP3 Project IN2TRACK to be held at UIC in Paris on 22 January 2019.
Here are the overall objectives of IN2TRACK regarding track and infrastructure assets:
Enhancing and optimising the switches & crossings and track systems in order to ensure the optimal line usage and capacity
Investigating novel ways of extending the life of bridges and tunnel assets through new approaches to maintaining, repairing and upgrading these structures
Developing and adopting a holistic, whole system-approach
A whole-system approach, which is defined as the system boundaries extending from dynamic wheel-rail interaction (loading input) through to degradation of the S&C system, sub-systems, individual components, and underlying track foundation, achieve the objectives of the project.
Over the past 3 years, IN2TRACK partners have been working on methods to reduce noise and vibration. They have also developed new techniques for repair and upgrade to reduce traffic disruption. Their work includes the development of safer methods of assessment for tunnels and bridges, such as the use of embedded sensors for self-diagnostics and condition monitoring.
IN2TRACK will be over in a few months and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to present the results of this exciting project.
Please register and find more information about the conference on the link below:
Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis. So please, register as soon as you can.
Looking forward to seeing you in Paris in January,
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Attended by more than 110 participants from 22 countries across theEuropean railway community and beyond, the IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE JointMid-Term Conference was the opportunity to share the initial results and plansof the three projects to ensure continued continuity and collaboration withinthe work of IP3, and to communicate Shift2Rail’s ambition for the IP3 TechnicalDemonstrators.
IN2SMART is coordinated by Ansaldo STS, IN2TRACK is coordinatedby Trafikverket and the coordinator of S-CODE is the University of Birmingham.
More information and presentations made during the conference available at: http://bit.ly/2rGfXm7.
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