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100% Spanish integrated system for interoperable railway networks

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Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
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Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

The research project AVI 2015 ("Integrated System for High Speed 100 % Spanish for Interoperable Rail Networks") was approved in March 2006 by the Center for Technology Development Industry (CENIT ) was launched in January 2006 and ended in January 2010 after exhausting the expected duration of 48 months. It involved as partners, under the leadership of CAF, Donewtech, Eliop, Matalocaucho, Sispra and Verkol and research centers CEIT, Ikerlan, Tekniker and the Universities of Huelva, Politécnica de Madrid, Seville and Zaragoza.

  • Bridging the phenomenon of "projection ballast" allowing speeds above 300km / h.  
  • Obtain technologies that allow the use of ERTMS signalling equipment with open architectures, and are easily integrated with many national signalling systems.     
  • Saving without increasing cost or weight interoperability barrier posed by different supply voltages.     
  • Saving the interoperability barrier caused by the different gauges, allowing variable gauge trains reaching speeds of the fastest high-speed trains in service.     
  • Increase speed of movement in conventional ways by a new generation of active suspensions.     
  • Reduce by 10% the energy consumption of the train, using traction systems more efficient, less aerodynamic drag and lighter materials.     
  • Reduce by 50% the time of approval, reducing delivery times, by defining new concepts of test fixtures and new procedures.


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Public institution
Institution Name
CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology), a public entity under the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN)
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


The project website summed up the results: "On December 31, 2009 ended AVI- 2015 project. Throughout four years it was involved in the research of technologies of high speed rail in order to achieve a qualitative leap in the field.

The consortium partners agree in declaring the project as a success, having achieved technological developments pointers.    

The high-speed train CAF Oaris applies several of the advances obtained in the AVI - 2015 project.


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