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Young Researcher Competition


𝐓𝐑𝐀 𝐕𝐈𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐑𝗮𝗶𝗹 -𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬

Among the current major #transportation means, #rail is deemed to be one of the most #sustainable and less #polluting, depending on how clean is the electricity that fuels it. Developing an #EU extensive #railway network can drastically improve #emissions, as well as enhance EU connectivity and #mobility.

#EUfunded TRA VISIONS fosters EU #research on mobility by organizing a Young Researcher Competition, dedicated to university-level students (BSc, MSc and PhD), on #transport. The competition is divided in five modes, among which is Rail. During the last Edition in 2020, the Rail Mode winners presented outstanding projects that could drastically improve railway #safety.

Let’s take a look at TRA VISIONS 2020 Young Researcher Competition Rail winners!

  • 🥇1st place: Effects of friction modifiers on the friction, wear and cracks of rails - Saad Ahmed Khan - Luleå University of Technology
  • 🥈2nd place: Track friendliness 4.0 - Visakh V. Krishna - KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • 🥉3rd place: Reliability analysis of railway station infrastructure based on dynamic fault trees - N.Weik, M. Volk - RWTH Aachen University

We congratulate once more the 2020 Edition Rail Mode winners! Watch the video at the link below to learn more about the Rail Mode winning projects. If you want to know more about TRA VISIONS Young Researcher Competition, visit




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