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Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Venue: THotel, Cagliari, Sardinia
Railways 2016
The Third International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
5-8 April 2016

Special Session Call for Papers:

Special Session: RW2016-S06
Interoperable Track and Rolling Stock: Testing, Homologation, Condition Monitoring and Maintenance
Session Aims and Scope

Very recently a new full set of Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) have been released with impact on the railway sector. Those TSIs shall apply to all new, upgraded or renewed infrastructures and to all new rolling stock of the rail system in the European Union.

The publication of the TSIs aims to contribute for strengthening the European railway sector. The goals are reducing the operation and the 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 purposes, 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. Moreover, an integrated approach for testing and homologation of rolling stock is required to promote the interoperability. Furthermore, in terms of maintenance, the TSIs require plans and documents that explain the maintenance activities to be defined and designed in order to ensure that the infrastructure and the rolling stock characteristics are kept within acceptable limits of use during its lifetime and how those activities shall be performed.

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

For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Professor C. Vale, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, (cvale AT
  • Professor A. Bracciali, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (andrea.bracciali AT, and
  • Dr. C. Carganico, Italian Notified Body Italcertifer SpA, Italy (c.carganico AT

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 "RW2016-S06" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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