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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  • GoF4R

    Duration: November 2016 - November 2019 (24 months)
    Budget: 2 million EUR
    Partners: 16

    GoF4R (Governance of the IF for Rail and Intermodal Mobility) is a 2-year project which includes the following 16 partners from 8 different EU Member States: UNIFE, CEFRIEL, CNC, D’Appolonia, EPF, Masaryk University, OLTIS Group, Politecnico di Milano, RSSB, Teleste, Trenitalia, UIC, University of Zilina, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and University of Sheffield.

    The objectives of GoF4R are to analyse the economic determinants of the market for customer-centric mobility services as they are shaped by the introduction of the Interoperability Framework technology like:
      • Network effects, externalities, the effect of the introduction of matchmaking platforms and social networks in the market place;
      • Economic Incentives / disincentives for adoption on market Agents;
      • Constrains on the supply of critical inputs, including human resources.

    Additionally, the project aims at designing specific governance structures and processes that maximize the effect of market forces on adoption of the technology while providing mitigating measures for residual market failures. Lastly, it will generate recommendations on possible needed adaptations of the legal framework regulating the provisioning of compatible networked customer centric mobility services.

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  • ST4RT

    Duration: November 2016 - November 2019 (24 months)
    Budget: 1 million EUR
    Partners: 8

    ST4RT (Semantic Transformations for Rail Transportation) is a 2-year project which includes the following 8 partners from 5 different EU Member States: UNIFE, CEFRIEL, CNC, D’Appolonia, Hit Rail, OLTIS Group, Politecnico di Milano, Trenitalia and UIC.

    The objectives of ST4RT are to develop cost-reducing translator technologies drawing from the ontology repository and the service registry hosted by the Interoperability Framework. It will achieve this by:
      • Analysing the availability and maturity of semantic transformation tools and technologies;
      • Designing methodologies for annotation/mapping between legacy data models and ontologies;
      • Developing extensions to the IT2Rail reference ontology;
      • Developing automatic mapping between the IT2Rail reference ontology and legacy data models, i.e. TAP-TSI;
      • Developing KPIs and Metrics for the transformation evaluation.

    Due to their close links with Shift2Rail IP4, these two projects had a combined kick-off meeting which took place on the 29th of November in Brussels. It was the first occasion for all the partners involved in both projects, to meet and discuss about their respective workplans and collaboration between them.

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Projects with Unife Involvement


    Duration: November 2016 - April 2019 (30 months)
    Budget: 1,5 million EUR
    Partners: 11

    INNOWAG (INNOvative monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions on lightweight WAGon) is a 30-month project co-financed by the European Commission’s S2R initiative aimed at increasing rail freight competitiveness and the development of the next generation of lightweight and intelligent freight wagons by addressing specific challenges in the three essential areas, identified by the call, through three subsequent work streams, namely:
      • Work Stream 1 (WS1): Cargo condition monitoring;
      • Work Stream 2 (WS2): Wagon design; and
      • Work Stream 3 (WS3): Predictive maintenance.

    Moreover, INNOWAG will consider the compatibility between the solutions proposed and researched in the three areas, as well as their integration into a novel concept of wagon. The aim of the proposed project is to develop intelligent cargo monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions integrated into this novel concept of lightweight wagon, which would respond to major challenges in rail freight competitiveness.
    UNIFE is leading the work on exploitation as well as contributing to the dissemination and communication strategy of the project. UNIFE members in INNOWAG are Lucchini RS and Uzina de Vagoane Aiud.

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