Research Projects coordinated by UNIFE


    Duration: November 2016 - June 2018 (20 months)
    Budget: 1 million EUR
    Partners: 10

    DYNAFREIGHT (Innovative technical solutions for improved train DYNAmics and operation of longer FREIGHt Trains) is a 20-month project which includes 10 partners from six EU Member-states: UNIFE, Lucchini RS, KTH, Politecnico di Milano, Technische Universität Berlin, Huddersfield University, ADIF, Laird Controls Europe and FIT Consulting.

    The final vision of DYNAFREIGHT is fully in line with the objectives of the EU White Paper on Transport. DYNAFREIGHT will contribute to this vision and overall concept of the EU rail freight transport by focusing on the next generation freight bogie locomotives and on preparing the path for regular operations of long freight trains (up to 1,500m), providing the first steps for the development of S2R Technology Demonstrator 5.5 “New Freight Propulsion Concepts” within S2R Innovation Programme 5.

    DYNAFREIGHT will contribute to the next railway freight propulsion concepts by addressing two main areas: freight running gear for locomotives and operation of long freight trains, with the following high-level objectives:
    •    Improved performances: traction, speed, running dynamics and wheel/rail efforts;
    •    Reduced rail freight noise at the source;
    •    Enhance capacity/traffic throughput with the operation of longer trains (up to 1,500m);
    •    Reduced operation and maintenance costs (reduce wheel and rail wear, smarter maintenance, etc.).

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    Duration: May 2015 - October 2017 (30 months)
    Budget: 12 million EUR
    Partners: 27

    The IT2RAIL -“Information Technologies for SHIFT2RAIL” project is a first step towards the long term IP4 -“IT Solutions for Attractive Railway Services”, one of the SHIFT2RAIL Joint Undertaking’s Innovation Programmes. IT2Rail is fully funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020. Through the introduction of radical new technologies and solutions, the European citizen’s global travel interactions will be transformed into a fully integrated and customised experience, rendering the entire European transportation system a natural extension of citizens work and leisure environments, across all modes, local and long-distance, public and private.

    IT2Rail aims at creating:
      • A seamless travel experience: a complete multimodal travel offer, connecting the first and last mile to long distance journeys combining air, rail, coach and other services.
      • A seamless access to all travel services: the travel experience will be totally enhanced through the integration of a wealth of travel services supported by innovative digital technologies.

    A use case will be defined as a specific instantiation for the open concepts, and will benefit from a completely scalable architecture fully instantiated in IP4. This approach is addressing all the key challenges of the work program, supporting a complete door-to- door intermodal travel offer and proposing a seamless integration of the very diverse existing and future services for planning, one-stop-shop ticketing, and real-time re-accommodation. Moreover, thanks to an Interoperability framework which insulates travel applications from the standards fragmentation in multimodal transport, IT2RAIL liberates business-model innovations in the market-place, guaranteeing the economic self-sustainability of these e-services in the long-term.

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  • Roll2Rail

    Duration: May 2015 - October 2017 (30 months)
    Budget: 16 million EUR
    Partners: 31

    ROLL2RAIL is a research project which aims to develop key technologies and to remove already identified blocking points for radical innovation in the field of railway vehicles as part of a longer term strategy to revolutionise the rolling stock for the future.


    In particular, Roll2Rail focuses on technological innovations in different subsystems of the vehicles which, each and all together contribute to achieve the desired impact at vehicle level and whole railway system level improving capacity, reliability, efficiency, comfort and LCC. The project expects innovations in 8 different areas such as traction and power electronics, train communications, car bodyshell, running gear technologies, brakes, train interiors, noise and vibration and energy performance.


    At the end of the project all the results will be further developed, leading to demonstration in real vehicles or relevant environments feeding into IP1 of Shift2Rail. Moreover, this project will deliver a set of technical recommendations and proposals of standarisation.

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    Duration: May 2015 - April 2018 (36 months)
    Budget: €3 million
    Partners: 18

    The SETRIS (Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies) project brings together five transport European Technology Platforms (ETPs) – road, rail (ERRAC), air, water and logistics – and a variety of their membership as partners into one consortium. SETRIS aims to deliver a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe.

    The main objective of SETRIS is to update the strategic, research and innovation agendas (SRIAs) of the different ETPs within a multi-modal and integrated transport system framework. This work will be used for a later identification of synergies between the different European platforms and the relevant national platform agendas.

    The findings will highlight not only innovations or research activities that need to be carried out but also the changes in governance necessary to facilitate these agendas. Moreover, there will be a complementary task to address the need to benchmark past and present rail-related research initiatives and projects in order to assess the viability of different research topics and the potential market uptake of the results..

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Projects with Unife Involvement

  • In2Rail

    Duration: May 2015 - March 2018 (36 months)
    Budget: 18 million EUR
    Partners: 54

    In2Rail is a research project which aims to set the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network. In2Rail will feed into the Shift2Rail Innovation Programmes 2 (Advanced Traffic Management & Control Systems) and 3 (Cost Efficient and Reliable High Capacity Infrastructure).

    In2Rail focuses on three main workstreams:
    Smart Infrastructure:
       -  Intelligent reliable infrastructure: integrated asset monitoring, self-diagnostic and adjusting assets, efficient design and new materials, exploring mechatronic solutions, with an increased focus on data from low-cost, low-maintenance sensors.
       -  Better system resilience and a reduced need for maintenance through innovative infrastructure design, novel working methods and smarter use of data leading to reduced LCC and greatly improved availability.
       -  Overall reduction in carbon emissions, noise and vibration, and improved levels of sustainability.
    Intelligent Mobility Management:
       -  A standardised approach to information management and dispatching system enabling an integrated Traffic Management System (TMS).
       -  An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environment supporting all transport operational systems with standardised interfaces and with a plug and play framework for TMS applications.
       -  An advanced asset information system with the ability to ‘nowcast’ and forecast network asset statuses with the associated uncertainties from heterogeneous data sources.
    Rail Power Supply and Energy Management:
       -  Design a future AC Rail Power Supply System with minimised energy losses and optimised loads.
       -  Implement an efficient energy management system allowing understanding of energy flows within a railway system, a reduction of the energy consumption and cost, optimised asset management and enabling better use of the railway capacity.

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