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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
RW2014-S13
Interoperable Track and Rolling Stock:
Testing, Homologation, Condition Monitoring and Maintenance
organised by
Professor Cecília Vale,
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal
Professor Andrea Bracciali,
Dipartimento di Meccanica e Tecnologie Industriali,
Universitŕ degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Session Aims and Scope
Currently there is a need for strengthen competition in the railway sector by reducing the operation and maintenance costs, decreasing the life cycle cost of the railways systems, increasing the train speed, the passenger safety and comfort, improving the mobility and the energy efficiency, reducing the environmental impact, rationalising networks, etc.

To achieve these important goals, the monitoring of the rolling stock and the track condition permit to increase the performance and the flexibility of the infrastructure managers’ by the definition of the most suitable maintenance actions. The development of reliable and interoperable strategies for monitoring and maintenance for railway systems is crucial since those strategies allow reducing costs for maintenance and repairs and to increase safety of operations and the life time of the track and rolling stock components. Furthermore, an integrated approach for testing and homologation of rolling stock is required to promote the interoperability.

This multidisciplinary session aims at bringing together researchers and experts from various fields reporting on the current state of railway research in the area of testing, homologation, condition monitoring and maintenance. The discussion should promote the interaction and collaboration among universities, research centres, railway operators and industry in order to identify problems, to propose solutions and to indicate directions for future research. The Session will cover, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Interoperability
  • Track and rolling stock condition
  • Testing and homologation of rolling stock
  • Monitoring techniques
  • Measuring systems
  • Maintenance techniques
  • RAMS for railway systems
Organisers
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Prof. Cecília Vale,
    Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal
    (cvale AT fe.up.pt)
  • Professor Andrea Bracciali,
    Dipartimento di Meccanica e Tecnologie Industriali,
    Universitŕ degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
    (andrea.bracciali AT unifi.it)

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "RW2014-S13" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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