UNIFE Press Release

14 | 10 | 2011  Kick off of two new EU R&D projects: Acoutrain and Euremco

Tuesday 11th of October saw the kick-off event for UNIFE’s two new EU R&D projects, Acoutrain and Euremco. These projects began officially on October 1st, and are part funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme.

The event was attended by partners of both projects from across Europe. Partners came from as far North as Sweden, as far South as Italy, from the UK in the West to Poland in the East. France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the Czech Republic were also represented. Acoutrain has 15 partners, while Euremco has 18 organisations participating.

During the morning joint session, the partners heard presentations from the European Commission, as well as a welcome address from Philippe Citroën, Director-General of UNIFE. In the afternoon, the partners in each project listened to presentations from the leaders of each of the Work Packages.
ACOUTRAIN will simplify and improve the acoustic certification process of new rolling stock. Today the need for conformity assessment for a new vehicle according to the Technical Specification for Interoperabilityon Noise represents a significant element of both cost and time to market due to the need to carry out expensive and time consuming tests.

The goal of the project is to speed up product authorisation by introducing elements of virtual testing while retaining the same degree of reliability and accuracy. A successful simplification of the TSI conformity assessment process would result in a strengthening of the competitiveness of the European railway sector. This will be ready for inclusion in the next “full revision” of the TSI Noise, planned in 2013.

The objective of Euremco is to harmonise and reduce the certification process of rail vehicles against
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). The main concept of the project is to specify the conditions for cross-accepted certification all around Europe, through so

und scientific methodologies allowing for the identification of the “transfer functions” to be applied to results obtained on different test tracks in different countries, for the same power supply system.

By addressing also non-electrified lines, the project will cover the whole European railway network. By closing the corresponding “open points” in the Technical Specifications for Interoperability, the project will lead to a time and cost reduction in the certification process of rail vehicles against Electromagnetic Compatibility issues, corresponding to an estimated saving of €60m for the next 15 years.

Following Tuesday’s event, work on both projects has already begun. These projects will run until September 2014.

For more information, please contact:

Acoutrain – Alice Polo, UNIFE alice.POLO@unife.org

Euremco – Ross Hanley, UNIFE ross.HANLEY@unife.org

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