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Sand Mitigation around Railway Tracks

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "SMaRT" data sheet

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Organization address
city: TORINO
postcode: 10129

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 794˙224 €
 EC max contribution 794˙224 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-EID
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2020-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLITECNICO DI TORINO IT (TORINO) coordinator 258˙061.00
3    OPTIFLOW FR (MARSEILLE) participant 262˙875.00
4    ASTALDI Spa IT (roma) partner 0.00
5    HITACHI RAIL STS SPA IT (GENOVA) partner 0.00
6    RECO S.R.L. IT (ROME) partner 0.00


 Project objective

In the last decade, a growing number of railways and other civil or industrial infrastructures have been designed and/or built in arid regions worldwide. The European Railway Industry is often selected for such projects, because of its strong overall know-how. In arid environmental conditions, windblown sand can have undesired effects on both the safety and the serviceability/ maintenance of railways. Despite efficient Sand Mitigation Measures (SMM) are mandatory, their design and assessment are at their infancy worldwide. Both tasks require innovation and development, by means of transfer of knowledge from base and/or specialist research fields to the Civil Engineering design practice and Railway Industry. The European Railway Industry competences should be enriched with advanced and specialized knowhow in the SMM field, by means of raise of the quality of knowledge and human capital. Innovative sand mitigation competences should find their place in the production chain of the Railway Industry. The present Research and Training Programme is inspired by the problem features mentioned above and aims at: • innovating the sand mitigation research field, by: o a Computational Based Engineering rationale approach to the design of SMM; o a new approach to the modeling and simulation of the coupled multiphase wind-sand flow around three-dimensional complex orography SMM and railway body; • training Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), by means of: o a multidisciplinary doctoral formation because of the nature of the problem; o an academy-industry intersectoral doctoral formation because of the innovation ability of the former and the stimuli to research coming from the needs of the latter; o a consortium's layout reflecting the production chain of the railway industry to train the ESRs in a proper “in vitro” replica of the their future real world working context; • enriching and complementing the competences of the European Railway Industry in a growing market sector.


List of deliverables.
Mid-Term Report Other 2019-04-09 12:58:55
Progress Report Documents, reports 2019-03-25 09:56:18
Supervisory Board of the network Other 2019-05-30 15:10:16
Consortium Agreement Other 2019-05-30 15:10:02
Career Development Plans Other 2019-05-30 15:10:01
Web site construction Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-30 15:10:15

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SMaRT deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Lorenzo Raffaele, Luca Bruno, Giles F.S. Wiggs
Uncertainty propagation in aeolian processes: From threshold shear velocity to sand transport rate
published pages: 28-38, ISSN: 0169-555X, DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.10.028
Geomorphology 301 2020-01-30
2020 Marko Horvat, Luca Bruno, Sami Khris, Lorenzo Raffaele
Aerodynamic shape optimization of barriers for windblown sand mitigation using CFD analysis
published pages: 104058, ISSN: 0167-6105, DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2019.104058
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 197 2020-01-30
2018 A. Lo Giudice, G. Giammanco, D. Fransos, L. Preziosi
Modeling sand slides by a mechanics-based degenerate parabolic equation
published pages: 2558-2575, ISSN: 1081-2865, DOI: 10.1177/1081286518755230
Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids 24/8 2019-10-01
2017 Lorenzo Raffaele, Luca Bruno, Davide Fransos, Franco Pellerey
Incoming windblown sand drift to civil infrastructures: A probabilistic evaluation
published pages: 37-47, ISSN: 0167-6105, DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2017.04.004
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 166 2019-10-01
2019 Andrea Lo Giudice, Roberto Nuca, Luigi Preziosi, Nicolas Coste
Wind-blown particulate transport: A review of computational fluid dynamics models
published pages: 508-547, ISSN: 2640-3501, DOI: 10.3934/mine.2019.3.508
Mathematics in Engineering 1/3 2019-10-01
2017 Bruno, Luca; Nicolas, Coste; Horvat, Marko; Preziosi, Luigi; Raffaele, Lorenzo; Giles, Wiggs
Interdisciplinary challenges in design of windblown sand barriers around desert railways
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Presentation at the 6th International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering 2019-10-01
2019 Lorenzo Raffaele, Luca Bruno
Windblown sand action on civil structures: Definition and probabilistic modelling
published pages: 88-101, ISSN: 0141-0296, DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.10.017
Engineering Structures 178 2019-04-18
2018 Luca Bruno, Marko Horvat, Lorenzo Raffaele
Windblown sand along railway infrastructures: A review of challenges and mitigation measures
published pages: 340-365, ISSN: 0167-6105, DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2018.04.021
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 177 2019-06-12

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