Noise and vibration represent one of the biggest environmental challenges for the railway. To facilitate effective noise and vibration management, UIC promotes and develops best practice in the context of sustainable development. This is achieved through research projects and an expert network at which information and good practice is shared and disseminated.
European railways have agreed a vision for 2050 where environmental noise from 24-hour passenger and goods operations is reduced to a socially and economically acceptable level. This ambitious vision is supported by several research projects, including:
The EuropeTrain project www.europetrain.uic.org – collecting real operational data to pave the way for homologation of LL Blocks – low-noise “whisper brakes”. These can be installed without major adjustments to the braking system resulting in a financially viable option for retrofitting the existing wagon fleet with silent technology.
The RIVAS project www.rivas-project.eu is developing practical solutions to minimize low frequency vibration and ground borne noise.
UIC has a strong noise research program run on behalf of our members. Recent reports include a study on the real costs of noise mitigation and clarification of the noise reduction achievable by retrofitting – see below for more information.
Please click on the links below for information on some recent and past UIC projects, and related initiatives.