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Radio communication and simulation of train dynamics for Distributed Power within long trains

This project is a step further to implement and to overcome the results of the Marathon project which has shown the feasibility of the long heavy consist created in coupling two trains with distributed traction: one locomotive (Traction Unit) at the head of the train and one other remote controlled in the middle.



Partners of marathon2operation project

Università di Roma Tor Vergata

New Opera uic NIER TUV funkwerk

Work Packages Deliverables

Work Packages

A brief description


Project Management: This WP aims at ensuring strategic and technical, as well as administrative and financial, coordination of the whole project.


System definition to transmit traction and braking commands: This WP specifies the characteristics of the GSM-R, the train makeups, the types of wagons, the parameters variation and establishes all possible operative conditions (included degraded modes). It performs also the sensitivity analysis and a risk assessment based on the relative approach.


Simulation of in-train forces within an integrated safety analysis: This WP integrates the GSM-R radio technology in the existing Traction Unit and Distributed Power System provided by CFM partners; it also perform statistical simulations to set the suitable limits for different train makeups, in terms of hauled mass, wagons characteristics and so on. In this WP, the safety analysis on the two demonstrators identified in cooperation with CFM partners is accomplished.


Preliminary assessment and support for certification: This WP performs the independent safety assessment of the two demonstrators and assesses the compatibility of radio protocols.

Lead: TUV

Dissemination, exploitation of results and Roadmap for implementation: This WP disseminates and communicates the M2O project progresses, results achievements and recommendations, to generate consensus and support building on the introduction into the marketplace of longer and heavier up to 1500m trains.



This section contains information on the most important [M2O] outputs, specifically deliverables, progress summaries and further result documentations. Project outputs will be added to the site as they become available.


[M2O] Integrated Quality and Risk


[M2O] GSM-R or LTE radio, Design solution


[M2O] TrainDy, Sensitivity Analysis


[M2O] Extended results


[M2O] Integrated system, Safety report


[M2O] LTD Simulations Report


[M2O] D3.1 TrainDy Extended Simulations


[M2O] D3.2 Test Demonstrators with DPS, Specific application Safety case


[M2O] D3p3 Test Demonstrators with DPS, LTD simulation report


[M2O] D3p4 GSM-R or LTE radio - Integration -with TU and DPS- report


[M2O] D4p1 Test Demonstrators with DPS Safety assessment report _v1.0


[M2O] Dissemination and Communication Plan


[M2O] D5p2 Dissemination, exploitation and communication report



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