The objective of this project was the elaboration of the handling instruction for the adaptation of conventional existing bridges to integral bridges by means of a survey of the national and international literature as well as statistical examination taking essential parameters into account. In addition to the essential construction details of the integral or semi-integral bridges (e.g., frame corner and concrete hinge) the deformable slip plate will also be examined and design rules will be suggested.
FTB-Concrete Surface – Influence of air void characteristics and aftertreatment for frost and de-icing chemical resistance of concrete carriage-ways
This research project analyzed how a noncompliance with requirements or has a negative effect on the freeze-thaw resistance of concrete pavements.
Combined fibre concrete – Development of a crack-free railway sleeper through the use of a combined fiber-reinforced high-strength concrete
In practice the use of pre-stressed concrete sleepers is often accompanied by cracks-occurrence, such as longitudinal, lateral and shrinkage cracks. At the occurrence of cracks the resistance of sleepers to environmental influences is reduced. By the development of a combined fibre reinforced high-strength concrete, the risk of a formation of micro- and macro cracks can be substantially reduced, whereby the expected lifetime of concrete sleepers can increasing significantly and a costly renovation can be avoided.
The MobLab Study supports the exploration of emerging urban mobility laboratories in Austria, in order to reduce the gap between the research results of the rigid environment of a laboratory and the implementation practice by offering a targeted accompanying of new Living Labs as user centred innovation settings as well as an evaluation of the gained insights.
INFRAplusGEO – Potenzialanalyse und Umsetzungsmöglichkeiten geothermischer Energie im Bereich der Infrastruktur der ÖBB
The aim of the project is the acquisition and compilation of the potentials and the realistic (technically, economically, environmentally, operationally) opportunities to use geothermal energy in the infrastructure of the ÖBB. Therefore, the infrastructure and geothermal potential acquired (GIS-based) and (in consultation with the ÖBB) and pilot plans for most useful and effective opportunities created.
In this project products with a better toxicological profile than the preservative creosote were under examination as alternatives for the impregnation of wooden railway sleepers. The demanded key properties had to be geared to those shown by creosote: high biological efficacy, long service-life, no increase of corrosion, low conductivity of impregnated sleepers and high resistance against physical and chemical stress.
RELSKG - Developement of a simplified method of calculations for noise protection walls with complex geometry
The aim of the project was to determine correction factors for noise barriers with complex geometries to be used in the ray-tracing method based on numerical simulations with the boundary element method. The results of the simulations were validated by measurements. Complex geometries of the noise barriers included barriers with more than one refraction edge and curved geometry. The expected correction factors allow the implementation of the results in standard calculation software used in practice.
OBESTO – Implementation of the user oriented and Life Cycle Costing approach in the Austrian design method for upper road structures
Within this project, performance-based material behaviour of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) was implemented in the Austrian design approach. Considering actual asphalt mechanic behaviour, as well as specific traffic loads and climatic conditions, the structural technical life time of road pavements with different bitumen, bitumen systems and mix design could be determined and considered in the design process. In addition, a standardized life-cycle cost analysis helped to evaluate and identify the economic differences between alternative pavement types. The results of this project should be the basis for a complete revision of the Austrian pavement design standard, RVS 03.08.63.
The project ODIMAK dealt with a new capacity analysis method for multi-level intersections based on existing guidelines. Measurements of complex weaving procedures on the ASFINAG network were taken into account. A microscopic traffic simulation tool was applied to develop an analysis method for multiple weaving segments. The traffic flow model was calibrated using the previous measurements. Typical geometrical settings were defined and modeled. The simulation results are taken for regression analysis to identify suitable dimensioning procedures, which were discussed within the FSV committee on intersections.
New concretes for the infrastructure; energy and resource optimized
The project “Querdenken quer denken” (Creative Thinking on Crazy Ideas) included, besides a scientific support for the projects that received the support in the currently open call for person’s mobility, an analysis of whether and to what extent existing financial instruments considered ideas, concepts, and implementation as well as perspectives that reach beyond the borders of specialized disciplines.
Safe Guarding – Potential of lateral road restraint systems on road safety capacity in the motor- and expressway network of the ASFiNAG
Run off accidents with personal injuries are the second most frequent type of accidents on the ASFiNAG road network. Road restraints are an important instrument to reduce accident severity. For that reason the efficiency of these systems was analysed, in order to insure an efficient road maintenance regarding infrastructure costs and to reduce furthermore the severity of these accidents.
Traffic behaviour as much as the choice of transport mode, are already formed in the early childhood by the social environment. Here, the caregivers inherit a significant role model function. Especially every-day routes like those from or to kindergarten, to school and to leisure time activities influence the approach to mobility and the actual traffic behaviour.
CinderRailer – Network of polygonal transport for the combination of slag and gypsum transport with the same containers
The project involved developing innovative logistics chains in rail transport for bulk goods such as granulated slag, gypsum, gravel and substitute fuels, which has previously ruled out the use of the same equipment.
SynArea – Synergetic area coverage by public transport and low-threshold short trip-private transport
The aim of the project is the coverage of rural and/or suburban regions with multimodal services, which are more attractive for customers and economically more efficient than conventional public transport, accessed by walking, bike&ride or park&ride, and at the same time ecologically and socially more sustainable, than the sole use of motorised individual traffic.
AIDA-F - Potential of interdisciplinary approaches for organizational innovations in freight transport
Starting out from the programme goals and specified logistic trends the AIDA-F study aimed to identify possible approaches in order to activate potential for interdisciplinary interactions and to anticipate their importance for tommorrow´s goods transport. To this end, it carved out the areas of intervention for organisational innovation: adapting the system architecture of goods mobility, smart use of technologies and integral methods of recording, analysing and optimising freight movements.
Combined transport (CT) is an environmentally sensible and politically desired traffic, which is struggling with cost problems due to complicated supply chains. The intention of this study includes a redesign of the transport and business processes, the compatibility of interfaces (with orientation towards homogenization and standardization) for the individual actors and an adapted technological development of intermodal transport containers (containers, SAL, WAB).
An intensive discussion about freight transport in cities is ongoing since the 1980ies. The originally chosen city logistic approaches investigated and propagated isolated transport consolidations within freight transport centres. Today, solutions have to focus on a much wider approach. GöMoS takes this into consideration.
RAKO-Donaukanal analyses how urban freight transport can be organsised in a sustainable way by using a combination of urban waterways and cargo bikes. A boat is used to transport goods along the Donaukanal into the city centre and cargo bikes take over the last mile distribution.
The objective of the project was to apply the EU regulations 2009/661/EC to Austrian conditions in order to find the actual feasible noise reduction, as well as suggestions of how to adapt the Austrian calculation basis.