Cross-Cutting Activities

IP Coordinator: Richard French - BT

Overview


Topic:
S2R-CFM-CCA-01-2018
Total Project Value:
€ 1 853 347,78
Duration:
from 01/09/2018 to 31/10/2020
S2R (Of H2020) co-funding:
€ 823 643,75
Coordinator:
Ying Loeschel
DEUTSCHE BAHN AG
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Objectives

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:

  • Improving the planning processes of railway operators by developing an integrated Smart Planning approach that goes beyond state-of-the-art, enabling the analysis of entire networks.
  • Enabling cross-border simulations for European corridors and larger networks as a basis for SERA.
  • Contributing to an overall railway system life cycle cost (LCC) reduction thanks to a reduction in the capital cost of vehicles to be achieved including through enhanced authorisation processes that rely both on virtual methods and physical tests rather than exclusively on extensive field tests.


Project Structure



WP1 - Project Management and Technical Coordination

WP2 - Smart Planning: Feasibility Studies

Smart 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 studies

Smart 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 benefits

Virtual 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 stakeholders

Virtual 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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