Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions (RIVAS)
Research Project , 2011 – 2013

Ground vibration, effected by rail services, is an important environmental concern, affecting European citizens nearby any rail infrastructure. Surveys show that many Europeans are subjected to annoying levels of feelable vibration and vibration-induced noise. Although solutions are available for track in tunnels, tracks at grade are a much more extensive problem even for vibration-induced noise. However, solutions for tracks at grade are lacking: for some problems currently no feasible solutions at reasonable cost are available. A group of railway operators, infrastructure managers, infrastructure and rolling stock manufacturers, and construction companies, end users of vibration mitigation technology, have gathered, to propose a major project for Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions (RIVAS). They aim at providing tools and methods to reduce vibration below the threshold of annoynace and induced noise below background levels by 2013. The group includes the expertise of research organisations and universities with specialist laboratory and theoretical modelling facilities. The issues are treated in a holistic way with the focus on reducing the annoyance to lineside residents. The project examines all vibration effects and aspects of the system: vehicle, track, propagation, freight and high-speed rail services. WP1 establishes the test procedures to monitor and control the performance of vibration mitigation measures under realistic conditions WP2 develops and evaluates mitigation measures based on reducing the excitation of vibration at the vehicle–track interface by improved maintenance WP3 develops and evaluates mitigation measures for ballasted and slab tracks WP4 will develop and evaluate mitigation measures based on sub-grade improvement and ground barriers within the railway infrastructure WP5 addresses the impact of the vehicle Each of the solutions is to be validated with field tests on the major European rail networks represented in RIVAS


Roger Lundén (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Dynamics


Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias

Madrid, Spain

Alstom Transport

Levallois Perret, France

Bombardier Transportation Sweden

Göteborg, Sweden

Centro de Estudios y Experimentacion de Obras Publicas (Cedex)

Madrid, Spain

De Vos Paul Henry

Loosdrecht, Netherlands

Deutsche Bahn

Berlin, Germany

Eiffage Rail

Bochum, Germany

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

Berlin, Germany

Keller Holding

Offenbach, Germany

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

Lucchini RS

Brescia, Italy


Addlestone, United Kingdom


Winterthur, Switzerland

Rail One

Neumarkt, Germany

Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP)

Paris, France

Sateba Systeme Vagneux

Puteaux, France

Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB)

Bern, Switzerland

Scientific and Technical Centre for Building

Marne la Vallée, France

Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais

Paris, France

Swedish Transport Administration

Borlänge, Sweden

TÜV Rheinland Consulting

Cologne, Germany

Union des Industries Ferroviaires Europeennes (Unife)

Brussels, Belgium

University of Southampton

Southampton, United Kingdom


Blidö, Sweden


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: SCPO-GA-2010-265754-RIVAS
Funding Chalmers participation during 2011–2013

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