Objectives and Goals
The objective of RAIL-EQ is the development of a new, holistic methodology including a novel mathematical formulation for analysis of coupled train (moving mass) - railway bridge constrained dynamical systems and the seismic reliability (assessment of seismic performance) of the coupled systems, using co-simulation techniques. The methodology proposed can be easily applied (using the software developed) in order to assess the seismic performance of existing bridges for different levels of earthquake intensity, as part of a decision-making procedure. Therefore, the possibility of exploiting and upgrading the existing railway (or even roadway network) for high-speed trains can be easily assessed in the frame of a financial analysis of results and efficiency of railway infrastructure EU funding.
To meet the objectives described, the following features are developed in the frame of RAIL-EQ.