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All the different projects within Forever Open Road (FOR) can be found here. Please contact  info@fehrl.org if you would like to add a project (Accessible for registered FEHRL staff only).

  EUTRAIN - European Transport Research Area International cooperation activities

In the field of Transport research, the European Union as well as other major national, federal or regional entities of “global” importance such as the U.S., Japan, Australia, South America, India, China, and others are buffeted by common transport related problems and challenges.

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  INCRIS - Improving International Cooperation and R&D Road Infrastructure Strategy for Ukraine

Ukraine plays a strategic role in facilitating East-West transport connections, the country’s strategic road network. It however, cannot handle the increasing traffic load due to insufficient technical parameters. The overall objective of the INCRIS coordinating action is to ensure that the cooperation capacities of Ukraine’s leading road research centre, the Shulgin State Road Research Institute (DNDI) are reinforced in order for it to foster its integration into the European Research Area and improve road infrastructure in Ukraine through joint research.

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  INROADS - INtelligent Renewable Optical ADvisory System

Road studs (also commonly known as cat’s eyes) are used around the world to delineate, along with painted lines, road space through retro-reflective spheres, which are illuminated by vehicle headlights. In recent years, the use of LED lights within road studs has been developed which has the significant advantage that the road studs are more visible due to active lighting than is achievable through reflection alone, can use dynamic colours and can be seen at angles that would not be reflected by headlights.

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  OPTIMISM - Optimising Passenger Transport Information to Materialize Insights for Sustainable Mobility

OPTIMISM's will develop different sets of strategies and methodologies for optimising passenger transport systems based on co-modality ICT solutions. Towards this goal, OPTIMISM will consider passenger needs and the carbon-neutral objective. OPTIMISM‘s main scope is to provide a scientifically documented insight of the transport system and people‘s travel choices via the study of social behaviour, mobility patterns and relative business models. This insight will also enable defining future changes in the passenger's travel system that would lead to more sustainable method/mode(s) of travelling, as people can travel in a more efficient, safer and cleaner manner, without compromising mobility.

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  PoroElastic Road SUrface: - PERSUADE
PoroElastic Road SUrface:

In the PERSUADE project, a consortium of twelve partners is working on the development of the poro-elastic road surface (PERS). The aim is to obtain a road surface which is extremely noise reducing (up to 12 dB(A) with respect to DAC), reasonably durable, safe for the traffic, environmental friendly and affordable. A poro-elastic road surface contains a large percentage of rubber (recycled tyre granules or fibers), (possibly) mineral constituents (stone aggregates and/or sand), glued together with a polymer glue (usually PUR). Several application modes will be tested (prefabricated mats, on site construction, the Rollpave concept and sets with a PERS layer on top.

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  SMARTRAIL - Sustainable Maintenance and Analysis of Rail Transport Infrastructure

The SMARTRail vision is to provide a framework for infrastructure operators to ensure the safe, reliable and efficient operation of ageing European railway networks. This will be achieved through a holistic approach which will consider input from state of the art inspection, assessment and remediation techniques and use this data to consider “what if” scenarios using whole life cycle cost models. These models will allow the infrastructure operators to make rational decisions on the best use of limited funding which will be committed to the long-term maintenance of the rail infrastructure networks. The outputs from the project will result in enhanced safety, reliability and capacity of these rail infrastructure networks and address European policy in the areas of transport safety and security, inter-modality, opening up a European network for freight transport and routes to rapidly developing Eastern European and Asian markets.

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  TEAM - Training in European Asset Health Management

TEAM: Training in European Asset Health Management is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network that aims to train the next generation of high quality engineers specialising in infrastructure management. The TEAM project has identified 14 PhD level research topics and these are linked through three technical work packages addressing Pavement Service Life Optimisation, Enhancing Structural Capacity and Traffic Loading Impacts. The common thread between the work packages is the ambition is to add ‘intelligence’ to bridges and pavements. This will be achieved by adding sensors and developing algorithms that monitor performance and deterioration over time. The result of this work will be the development of new tools that can be used to get the most out of the existing infrastructure.

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  TRIMM - Tomorrow’s Road Infrastructure Monitoring and Management

Problem description

Effective, fair and sustainable road management requires objective and up to date information. Advances in a range of sensing technologies and information processing have built up the potential for implementing new monitoring techniques that deliver key information for road management. Many current monitoring techniques suffer from low cost-effectiveness, restricted spatial coverage, traffic disruption, poor reliability, poor understanding of their capability, subjective interpretation, poor assessment of defects affecting functionality, and restricted versatility. For this reason many road and bridge owners/operators make limited use of current monitoring systems and avoid some of the recent developments. The practice of using monitoring techniques also differs between countries. As a result management decisions are sometimes not optimal, causing higher costs, lower performance, inconvenience (traffic delays) and additional costs and external effects to society.

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total projects: 8



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