The management structure aims at safeguarding the effective cooperation among the members of the Consortium and at producing high quality deliverables to the Commission during the various stages of the project life.

The management structure of the project will be the following: a Steering Committee (SC), made up of the Work Package Leaders (WPL), as well as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Steering Committee and the Project Coordinator (UNIFE) acting as project manager.

The project is divided into work packages and work packages into tasks (see work package descriptions, section B1.3, tables 1.3d); work packages are managed by Work package Leader (WPL). The quality management of each WP is under the responsibility of the WPL that will follow the EURAXLES management manual set by the WP1.

List of Workpackages

  • WP 1.  Management (UNIFE, INEUM)
    • Task 1.1 Administrative, contractual and day-to-day requests from partners and external bodies
    • Task 1.2 Assistance to the Steering Committee and Project Management excluding technical coordination
    • Task 1.3 Internal Communication
    • Task 2.1 Characterisation of the in-service loading severity
    • Task 2.2 Axle calculation and risk analysis
    • Task.2.3 Validation of the design procedure
  • WP3. New testing methods of railway axle fatigue limit assessment (LUCCHINI, DB, POLIMI, SNCF, GHH, CAF, VALDUNES, BONATRANS, RAFIL, FRAUNHOFER)
    • Task 3.1 Definition of test methods
    • Task 3.2 Material testing
    • Task 3.3 Modelling activity:
    • Task.3.4 Comparison between the existing procedures and the new one in connection with WP2
  • WP4: Tools, technologies and surface protection systems minimizing the negative infulence of corrosion or surface damage on the axle surface (DB, SNCF,  VALDUNES, GHH Radsatz, RAFIL, BONATRANS, CAF, LUCCHINI, MER MEC, ENSCL, UNIUD), (Advisory group Paint suppliers,  End-User advisory group: SNCB, Turkish Railways, RSSB, UIC experts groups)
    • Task 4.1 Development of innovative painting and protection systems and technologies for axles, and an alternative design method for unpainted axles
    • Task.4.2 Development and definition of appropriate quality test methods for painted/treated protection and unpainted systems:
  • WP5.   Non destructive testing and verification of the reliability of in service (FRAUNHOFER, SNCF, ALSTOM, AB, CAF,DB, LUCCHINI, MER MEC, RENFE,TRENITALIA, GHH, INTERLAB, UC3M, METALogic)
    • Task 5.1 Review of the current practice on NDT methods used for the verification of railway axles
    • Task 5.2 New methods to inspect axles in real service condition
    • Task 5.3 Diagnosis of flaw axle using new analysis and classification techniques
    • Task 5.4 Verification of influence of surface damages and corrosion in service
  • WP6. RAMS and Life Cycle Cost Taking into Account Market Uptake (UNIFE, ALSTOM, CAF, DB, GHH, POLIMI, RAFIL, RENFE, SNCF,VALDUNES, LUCCHINI)
    • Task 6.1 Definition of RAMS/LCC models
    • Task 6.2 Data collection and selection of reference cases
    • Task 6.3 RAMS/LCC analysis of the innovative solutions
    • Task 6.4 Summary and recommendations for standards
  • WP 7.  Dissemination and standardization (UNIFE, UIC)
    • Task 7.1 Project Identity, Website and major Meetings
    • Task 7.2 Dissemination and Exploitation
    • Task 7.3 Contribution to standards and regulations


Interdependencies between Workpackages