• Start of the project : 01-06-20
  • End of project : 31-05-22


Dirt resistant, durable and environmentally friendly materials and processes for railways in Europe.

Started on 1 June 2020 for a duration of 24 months, the European Eurostars AMPERES project is the acronym for “Anti-dirt Materials and Process, Durable and Environmentally-Friendly, for Railways in Europe”. The project has a twofold objective: the development of an innovative paint offering both corrosion protection and anti-dirt properties and an automated process for on-site application of the paint. The first targeted application is the maintenance of catenary supports. The project aims to meet the increasing requirements in terms of durability and reduced maintenance costs, with environmentally friendly water-based products with low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, which can be applied on site using a process that limits product losses and guarantees greater safety and limited solvent and particle emissions.

In order to achieve the ambitious goal of this project, the skills and know-how of four complementary partners from two different countries are pooled. The two Belgian partners are DOTHÉE, experts in water-based industrial paints, and the MATERIA NOVA research centre, who have made their knowledge available in terms of anti-dirt functionalization and paint characterization. DOTHÉE and MATERIA NOVA work closely together to provide a paint adapted to the system developed by BERTHIER. The two French partners are BERTHIER ÉQUIPEMENTS, which will develop the robotic paint application part, and SNCF RESEAU, which will be the end user of the technology developed. The latter will advise on the development and qualify the new process and associated product on site.

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The authors express their gratitude to the Eurostars Programme for funding projects under Grant Agreement 113732 relating to the work presented here. This contribution reflects the views of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Eurostars Programme, the European Commission or the National Eureka Funding Agencies.

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