Technologies for Sustainable & Attractive European Rail Freight

IP Coordinator: Norbert Kahl - DB AG


Total Project Value:
€ 4 999 771,25
from 01/11/2016 to 31/10/2019
S2R (Of H2020) co-funding:
€ 4 999 771,25
Clive R.
The University of Birmingham
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The overall aim of the S-CODE project is to investigate, develop, validate and initially integrate radically new concepts for switches and crossings that have the potential to lead to increases in capacity, reliability and safety while reducing investment and operating costs.

The S-CODE project will build on existing European and national research projects (in particular, the lighthouse project In2Rail, Capacity4Rail and Innotrack) to identify radically different technology concepts that can be integrated together to achieve significantly improved performance for S&C based around new operating concepts (e.g. super-fast switching, self-healing switch).

The project is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Requirements and initial design – focusing on understanding constraints and critical requirements, and developing a radically different architecture and operation that makes use of technologies from other domains;
  • Phase 2: Technical development – undertaking detailed modelling and simulation to identify an optimal configuration to maximise performance;
  • Phase 3: Validation and evaluation – testing (to TRL4) the design concepts and formally evaluating their performance in order that an integrated design can be presented for further development.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 730849