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EUTRAIN - European Transport Research Area International cooperation activities  

In the field of Transport research, the European Union as well as other major national, federal or regional entities of “global” importance such as the U.S., Japan, Australia, South America, India, China, and others are buffeted by common transport related problems and challenges.

INCRIS - Improving International Cooperation and R&D Road Infrastructure Strategy for Ukraine  

Ukraine plays a strategic role in facilitating East-West transport connections, the country’s strategic road network. It however, cannot handle the increasing traffic load due to insufficient technical parameters. The overall objective of the INCRIS coordinating action is to ensure that the cooperation capacities of Ukraine’s leading road research centre, the Shulgin State Road Research Institute (DNDI) are reinforced in order for it to foster its integration into the European Research Area and improve road infrastructure in Ukraine through joint research.

OPTIMISM - Optimising Passenger Transport Information to Materialize Insights for Sustainable Mobility  

OPTIMISM's will develop different sets of strategies and methodologies for optimising passenger transport systems based on co-modality ICT solutions. Towards this goal, OPTIMISM will consider passenger needs and the carbon-neutral objective. OPTIMISM‘s main scope is to provide a scientifically documented insight of the transport system and people‘s travel choices via the study of social behaviour, mobility patterns and relative business models. This insight will also enable defining future changes in the passenger's travel system that would lead to more sustainable method/mode(s) of travelling, as people can travel in a more efficient, safer and cleaner manner, without compromising mobility.

PoroElastic Road SUrface: - PERSUADE  
PoroElastic Road SUrface:

In the PERSUADE project, a consortium of twelve partners is working on the development of the poro-elastic road surface (PERS). The aim is to obtain a road surface which is extremely noise reducing (up to 12 dB(A) with respect to DAC), reasonably durable, safe for the traffic, environmental friendly and affordable. A poro-elastic road surface contains a large percentage of rubber (recycled tyre granules or fibers), (possibly) mineral constituents (stone aggregates and/or sand), glued together with a polymer glue (usually PUR). Several application modes will be tested (prefabricated mats, on site construction, the Rollpave concept and sets with a PERS layer on top.

TEAM - Training in European Asset Health Management  

TEAM: Training in European Asset Health Management is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network that aims to train the next generation of high quality engineers specialising in infrastructure management. The TEAM project has identified 14 PhD level research topics and these are linked through three technical work packages addressing Pavement Service Life Optimisation, Enhancing Structural Capacity and Traffic Loading Impacts. The common thread between the work packages is the ambition is to add ‘intelligence’ to bridges and pavements. This will be achieved by adding sensors and developing algorithms that monitor performance and deterioration over time. The result of this work will be the development of new tools that can be used to get the most out of the existing infrastructure.

TRIMM - Tomorrow’s Road Infrastructure Monitoring and Management  

Problem description

Effective, fair and sustainable road management requires objective and up to date information. Advances in a range of sensing technologies and information processing have built up the potential for implementing new monitoring techniques that deliver key information for road management. Many current monitoring techniques suffer from low cost-effectiveness, restricted spatial coverage, traffic disruption, poor reliability, poor understanding of their capability, subjective interpretation, poor assessment of defects affecting functionality, and restricted versatility. For this reason many road and bridge owners/operators make limited use of current monitoring systems and avoid some of the recent developments. The practice of using monitoring techniques also differs between countries. As a result management decisions are sometimes not optimal, causing higher costs, lower performance, inconvenience (traffic delays) and additional costs and external effects to society.

total projects: 6