Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions

Project information

  • Acronym: RIVAS
  • Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions
  • Project start date: 01/01/2011
  • Project end date: 31/12/2013
  • Funded under FP7-TRANSPORT
  • Overall budget: € 8 163 798,40
  • EU contribution: € 5 199 995
  • Project coordinator: UIC
  • Project code: 265754

Project description

RIVAS is a collaborative rail research project conducted under the 7th Framework Programme for EU research (FP7) and comprising 26 partners from all over Europe.

The objective of the project is to find solutions to vibrations and vibration induced noise from rail traffic, which have a huge impact on people’s living and working conditions near railway lines. Indeed the future increase expected in rail traffic can potentially lead to greater annoyance; therefore suitable measures need to be found to mitigate the negative impact of railways and make them good neighbours for residents.

Project structure

  • WP1 establishes the test procedures to monitor and control the performance of vibration mitigation measures under realistic conditions
  • WP2 develops and evaluates mitigation measures based on reducing the excitation of vibration at the vehicle–track interface by improved maintenance
  • WP3 develops and evaluates mitigation measures for ballasted and slab tracks
  • WP4 will develop and evaluate mitigation measures based on sub-grade improvement and ground barriers within the railway infrastructure
  • WP5 addresses the impact of the vehicle

Each of the solutions is to be validated with field tests on the major European rail networks represented in RIVAS.


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Saturday 1 January 2011