RIVAS – Vibrations: Ways out of the Annoyance

A summary of outcomes

Please find the final brochure of the RIVAS project under Results and Publications.


“Vibration – Ways out of the annoyance”, was held in Brussels, on 21 November 2013

Please find here more information.


RIVAS Final Conference


“VibrationsWays out of the annoyance”,
Brussels, 21 November 2013


Since the RIVAS project started in early 2011, it has been seeking to find ways and methodologies to reduce the ground borne vibrations induced by rail traffic. The final conference therefore was the opportunity to present more about the results achieved by the project and on possible ways to address the issue of vibration mitigation.

The topics covered included:
·        Innovative strategies to reduce vibration from rail traffic;
·        Technical solutions for vibration reduction at source;
·        Vibration reduction on the transmission path;
·        Design of vibration mitigation measures for hot-spots;
·        State-of-the-art computer simulations;
·        Harmonization of requirements and assessment procedures;
·        Priority routes;
·        Recommendations for end-users.



Please find following the programme and all presentations of the Final Conference:

RIVAS Final Conference Programme

General Introduction on RIVAS; W. Behr, Technical Coordinator, UIC

Overview of the excitation mechanisms and monitoring; L. Pesqueux, Alstom

Reducing track defects to mitigate vibrations; J. Feng, DB

Reducing wheel OOR to mitigate vibrations; R. Müller, SBB

WP2 conclusions

Introduction to the rolling stock aspects on ground vibration and the simulation of vehicle influence; A. Mirza, Bombardier

Quantifying the influence of the vehicle design on ground vibration by measurements; P. Huber, Prose

Reducing ground vibration with improved vehicle design; J. Nielsen, Chalmers 

WP5 conclusions

Under sleeper pads impact in ballasted and slab track; R. Garburg, DB
Very soft rail pads impact in ballasted track; B. Faure, SNCF
Track mitigation measures: From straight lines to particular track sections; E. Bongini, SNCF
WP3 conclusions

Transmission path mitigation measures studied in RIVAS; G. Lombaert, KU Leuven

Soft wave barriers for railway induced ground vibration; D. Thompsen, ISVR

Stiff wave barriers for railway induced ground vibration, Part 1/2; P. Coulier and A. Dijckmans, KU Leuven
Stiff wave barriers for railway induced ground vibration, Part 2/2; P. Coulier and A. Dijckmans, KU Leuven
WP4 conclusions

Measuring efficiencies and influencing parameters; G. Degrande, KU Leuven

Final evaluation of results from the RIVAS project; D. Stiebel, DB

Reference track for optimized vehicle design; P. de Vos, Satis

WP1 conclusions


RIVAS training workshop “Reducing railway induced ground vibrations by controlling the source - Rolling stock and maintenance aspects” in Brussels, on 09 October 2013


RIVAS training workshop “Reducing railway induced ground vibrations by interventions on the transmission path” in Berlin, on 23 May 2013


RIVAS training workshop “Reducing railway induced ground vibrations with mitigation measures on the track” in Berlin, on 22 May 2013


RIVAS Mid-term conference « Vibrations – The way ahead » on 26 October 2012


1st RIVAS Seminar "Vibrations- Annoyance, Acceptance and Assuming the challenge to find solutions" on 14 September 2011

Kick-off Meeting of collaborative rail research project “RIVAS” on 2 February 2011


RIVAS Mid-term conference « Vibrations – The way ahead » on 26 October 2012