The PLASA-2 project aims at significantly increasing system robustness in the European rail sector. On the one hand, it aims at facilitating planning activities of various stakeholders in the railway system, making the effects of planning decisions on large, complex railway networks measurable and predictable. On the other hand, it aims to provide recommendations for a mixed virtual/experimental authorisation process, which shall ultimately lead to a significant reduction of authorisation costs and duration.
It is foreseen that PLASA-2 will contribute to the foundation of the following objectives:
WP1 - Project Management and Technical CoordinationWP2 - Smart Planning: Feasibility StudiesSmart Planning: Feasibility Studies pursues the goal of gathering information on and assessing the feasibility of applying and extending the simulation approach developed in PLASA to a number of relevant use cases. It is split up into 3 sub areas, in which the objectives are:
Dealing with incomplete data
Interplay between microscopic and macroscopic simulation
Operational planning (intraday)WP3 - Smart Planning: Simulation tool development and case studiesSmart Planning: Simulation tool development and case studies looks to further develop some aspects of the PLASA simulation tool, and to implement case studies based on the results of WP2.WP4 - Virtual Certification: state of the art and evaluation of the benefitsVirtual Certification: state of the art and evaluation of the benefits will aim to give a synthetic overview of how a mixed virtual/experimental approach could be used within the authorization process for putting a train into service and how it can help the economic and industrial performance of the sector. The specific objectives of this WP are:
To give a wide state-of-the-art on available technical and scientific methods and industrial processes when using simulations to validate a new design of a component, a sub-system or a whole system like a train, and, on the other side, to conduct a gap analysis and a barriers identification for virtual certification in the different railway technical domains.
To quantify the potential benefits to the rail industry from the applications of virtual certification.WP5 - Virtual Certification: proposal and engagement with relevant stakeholdersVirtual Certification: proposal and engagement with relevant stakeholders works towards giving recommendations on how to use simulations within the authorization process for putting a train into service and at helping to introduce in the standards and in the regulation framework of the railway rolling stock sector the possibility of using mixed virtual/experimental processes. The specific objectives of this WP are:
To coordinate the virtual certification activities led within IP1 and IP2;
To propose generic methods and to give recommendations for practical industrial processes for virtual certification, based on results from WP4, a coordinated work with IP1 and IP2, and also discussions with approval bodies and involved stakeholders of the sector;
To coordinate the dissemination activities towards the standardization authorities.WP6 - Communication, dissemination and exploitation
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