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Relating the environmental footprint of a vehicle to the lifetime cost of maintaining the infrastructure

Determination of the environmental footprint of a
vehicle and relation of this to the economic and social costs of
maintaining the infrastructure.

Because of their high gross and axle mass, freight vehicles have the biggest impact on the design and maintenance of the infrastructure. Footprint aims to reduce this impact through a better understanding of the dynamic interaction, encourage the emergence of more environmentally friendly vehicles and infrastructures and facilitate conveyance of freight by the route with the lowest environmental impact. This should enable a larger proportion of freight to be carried by the European rail rather than road network leading to reduced congestion and repair. The major phase will be that of enhanced measurements of the dynamic loading; the intention is to extend and upgrade existing measuring stations like weight in motion (WIM) concept for both road and rail. This will be achieved through the use of an extended and improved sensor and data capture. In addition audible noise and ground borne vibrations will be measured as these affect persons and buildings adjacent to traffic corridors. Like with WIM, a European consensus will be derived on a specification of a 'footprint' measuring station. Data from such stations will be analysed in various ways: - To assist with improved maintenance procedures - To aid designs of long life infrastructures - To supplement the existing data in the COST 323 database - To provide new inputs to infrastructure cost allocation models - To provide the basis for a set of environmental indices for vehicles and infrastructures. The use of environmental indices relating to measurable aspects of the use of dynamic interaction is to inform operators, maintainers and E.U. citizens of the environmental impact of transport. These indices, like audible noise, ground borne vibration and dynamic loading, can then be aggregated or thresholds set to define classes of environmentally friendly vehicles and infrastructures. Their uptake could be encouraged by offering a suitable range of benefits, thereby promoting the sustainable development of transport. Keywords: road transport, rail transport, infrastructure.
Acronym: 
FOOTPRINT
Project ID: 
2 486
Start date: 
01-04-2001
Project Duration: 
99months
Project costs: 
3 200 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Measurement Tools
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.