The QUIET-TRACK Consortium includes the following organizations:
|Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn||DL||Belgium||www.delijn.be|
|Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan||KTH||Sweden||www.kth.se|
|Stockholms Läns Landsting||SLL||Sweden||www.sll.se|
|Tunnelbanan Teknik Stockholm AB||TBT||Sweden||www.tbt.se|
|T.T.&E. Traffic Transportation & Environment Consultants SA||TTE||Greece||www.tte-consultants.gr|
As a structured European surface transport research project, QUIET-TRACK will include and integrate the complete state of the art in the field. It will generate, without redundancy, major new products, innovative strategies and new knowledge in each working package. These have to be at once cost-effective and highly effective. The consortium includes solution providers having reputations for excellence in the area of QUIET-TRACK. The products or project results are to be applicable all over Europe and as well in an urban network as in a conventional railway network.
The QUIET-TRACK consortium has been build and structured to cope with the above demands. It is composed of two main groups:
There is a small support from a R&D centre (KTH). For this specific project the consortium is not build around R&D centres and Universities because the required knowledge to execute this project does not require basic research, but rather applied research requiring expert knowledge of track systems, track maintenance, monitoring and noise abatement solutions design. The QUIET-TRACK consortium includes all the required expert knowledge but also the necessary partners to solve practical issues in the field, this is illustrated by the example hereafter .Installing new on-board monitoring equipment on vehicles in an operating network and carrying out monitoring with these vehicles in the network requires expert knowledge of the vehicle and of the network (technical and logistical issues). In order to ensure timely delivery and performance of the on board rail roughness and TDR monitoring systems, a coordinated team work is required between engineering, vehicle and track owner and vehicle maintainer. For a noise related wear monitoring systems you need the track maintainer as well; This is what the consortium brings: for each deliverable a dedicated team is put together with the required skills, not only to develop or design but also (when relevant) to prototype and to validate in a network.
The QUIET-TRACK consortium is composed of 12 partners from 4 countries. (Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Greece) with 7 key partners, carrying out the bulk of the RTD work. It is a deliberate choice to work with a small number of key partners instead of having a large number of partners coming from many different countries with each a small RTD budget. The QUIET-TRACK consortium set-up allows the key partners, also budget wise, for in depth development of their deliverables (software, hardware solutions, monitoring systems, maintenance tools). These deliverables are in depth developed, prototyped and validated in one specific country (e.g. in Sweden) but developed taking into account their easy transfer and use in other countries and situations (e.g. installation of on-board monitoring equipment on other types of monitoring vehicles). The deliverables are to be valid and/or used as well for conventional rail as for tram and surface LRT. This is where the Advisory Board members play an important role: they will give input to the design specifications as to make the design universally applicable (taking into account eventually small adaptations). The Advisory Board broadens the consortium to the large European Union since it includes Poland, France, Spain, UK.
The infrastructure managers (SLL and DL as direct partners and Infrabel and Attiko Metro as infra managers giving access to their network and operations for measurements and validation testing) provide experience with monitoring, track systems and maintenance. They give access to all different types of existing track (ballasted, concrete, discrete rail fixation, embedded continuous rail fixation) and different types of city rail systems (conventional trains, regional conventional trains, surface LRT, outside metro, tram) which are of importance to the QUIET-TRACK project.
By using test tracks in the network of Infrabel, which will be available from validation testing in the EC Cargovibes project and which will adapted for reduced noise emission based upon the concept of reduced rail roughness growth, the costs for validation testing for these types of noise mitigation solutions are minimized.
TTE brings the possibility to combine existing solutions for better performance, particularly for tracks on a concrete slab (in collaboration with Attico Metro). TTE works closely together with ACCON for noise mapping according to END in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey. Prof. Vogiatzis from TTE has been heavily involved with the EU Cnossos project; he will provide guidance about the Cnossos work progress important for QUIET-TRACK.
The Swedish partners are 6 in total with 4 support partners (MRTS, TBT, STRUKTON, KTH) in support to the 2 Swedish key partners (SLL, TYRENS) to facilitate the testing in the SLL network and to facilitate the mounting of the monitoring equipment on the trains and metro vehicles of the SLL network. This structure will reduce all technical and safety risks related to running measurement vehicles with new on-board equipment in the SLL network. ACCON from Germany will assist the design of the monitoring systems in Sweden bringing its large experience with rail roughness and track decay rate measurements into the design. TYRENS, as large engineering company, brings its experience in product design. This is the scenario with all other deliverables to be developed in the scope of the project: a specialized partner takes the lead and is assisted by other partners for punctual specialized assistance.
There are 4 WP leaders: AKRON, ACCON, TYRENS and IMOSS. TYRENS is in charge of the monitoring systems. AKRON is in charge of the software enhancements. IMOSS is in charge of the solutions (maintenance and track systems). ACCON is in charge of the noise management plans. The four WP leaders have all a very profound background in rail transport noise. TYRENS as a service provider and solution developer, ACCON as service provider (noise mapping and action planning), IMOSS as provider of measurement and monitoring equipment, AKRON as solution provider (software and hardware). They are fully complementary and moreover have a proven track record in implementing solutions from earlier European projects. ACCON has been dissemination and exploitation manager of the earlier QCITY project, which was pronounced one of the best acoustical research projects ever at the 2010 TRB conference in Washington DC, not only for its great research work but also for its wide dissemination. ACCON will be dissemination manager of the QUIET-TRACK project.
A neutral and highly effective coordination and management of the project will be conducted by AKRON. AKRON has all the tools and means and experience to set-up the required external and internal web based communication tools. The AKRON coordinator (Geert Desanghere is very familiar with the EC procedures in terms of financial and technical reporting). He is a recognized expert in the field and a consultant for the EC.