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The Next Generation of Railway Transition Zones

IN2ZONE

The Next Generation of Railway Transition Zones

Call for proposal: 
H2020-S2RJU-OC-2020
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

IN2ZONE will design and test a prototype next-generation transition zone solution that provides a step-change in track support conditions, resulting in a reduction in maintenance interventions. The new solution will combine the newest existing transition solutions with technological advances from other sectors, including recent advances in material science. This interdisciplinary approach will improve both the track superstructure and sub-structure designs, thus ensuring the whole system stiffness is optimised. To increase lifespan, advanced automatic irregularity correcting sleepers will be designed, that are synthetic and optimized for transition zones. This will enable the transition zone solution to self-correct minor vertical track geometry irregularities/faults. Further, the solution architecture will be modular to ensure the benefits are realised in minimal time.

The new design will be optimised using the latest advances in discrete and finite element numerical simulation tools, coupled with computational fluid dynamics. The concept will then be constructed and tested at large-scale in an accelerated track testing laboratory facility. This gives a rare and valuable opportunity to develop and test the transition zone solution installation, maintenance and decommissioning, while also assessing long-term settlement behaviour.

In addition to the new design, an advanced resilience-based monitoring specification for transition zones will be developed, which will fuse data from multiple tracks, vehicle and satellite sensors, using edge computing and artificial intelligence to achieve an Industry 4.0 approach for just-in-time maintenance.

IN2ZONE’s pan-European consortium comprises 7 stakeholders covering all areas of expertise necessary to execute the project, including three companies, two research Universities, one Infrastructure Manager and one Rail Association.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
S2R-OC-IP3-01-2020 Next Generation Track Transition Zones (TD3.4)
Lead Organisation: 

University Of Leeds

Address: 
Institute For Transport Studies, University Of Leeds, 41 University Road
Leeds
LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€539,555
Partner Organisations: 

Union Des Industries Ferroviaires Europeennes - Unife

Address: 
AVENUE LOUISE 221
1050 BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€84,375

Lankhorst Engineered Products Bv

Address: 
PRINSENGRACHT 2
8607 AD SNEEK
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€163,563

Stichting Deltares

Address: 
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€65,325

Technische Universiteit Delft

Address: 
STEVINWEG 1
2628 CN DELFT
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€265,750

Evopro Innovation Kft

Address: 
HAUSZMANN ALAJOS UTCA 2
BUDAPEST
1116
Hungary
EU Contribution: 
€172,656

Mav Magyar Allamvasutak Zartkoruen Mukodo Reszveny Tarsasag

Address: 
KONYVES KALMAN KORUT 54 60
BUDAPEST
1087
Hungary
EU Contribution: 
€58,750
Technologies: 
Development phase: