In-Depth Focus: Track Technologies
6 April 2022
The authors in this In-Depth Focus explore a variety of topics, including: the IN2ZONE research project which aims to design and test a prototype next generation transition zone solution; the Harmotrack Project which is investigating acceleration measurements to monitor track quality; and the LOWNOISEPAD project which seeks to find an optimal rail pad for both noise and track quality issues.
- Designing out the noise: Optimising track design for a quieter railway
The International Union of Railways (UIC) is taking part in the LOWNOISEPAD project, which brings together 12 European railway infrastructure companies to find an optimal rail pad for both noise and track quality issues. The results are hoped to play a part in improving the quality of life for those living close to railway networks. Colleagues Pınar Yılmazer and Lucie Anderton from the UIC’s Sustainability Unit, explain more.
- IN2ZONE: Moving the EU towards the next generation of railway transition zones
This article explores the IN2ZONE research project which aims to design and test a prototype next generation transition zone solution that provides a step-change in track support conditions, resulting in a reduction in maintenance interventions.
- Harmotrack: Investigating acceleration measurements to monitor track quality
Danilo Sorrentino, Head of Vehicle-Track Interaction Section at SNCF Réseau, explains the UIC Harmotrack Project; a worldwide project which brings together companies across five continents to tackle the most challenging topics relating to railway dynamics, track geometry and track maintenance.