7th Transport Research Arena Conference: „A digital era for transport: solutions for society, economy and environment“
Date: 16th to 19th of April, 2018
Place: Vienna, Austria
Paper presented: “Road Surface, Traffic and Effect on Noise Pollution and Fuel Consumption”
The 7th Transport Research Arena Conference “A digital era for transport: solutions for society, economy and environment” took place from 16th to 19th of April, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. It is generally held every two years in one of the EU countries. The event was hosted this time by the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Austrian Institute of Technology and AustriaTech and was attended by about 3000 delegates from all over the world.
The scope of the conference encompassed diverse transportation subjects covering environment and energy efficiency, smart urban mobility & logistics, people mobility – systems and services, freight transport and logistics, transport infrastructure, connected and automated transport etc. Major advancements as well as potential challenges in the transport system were well presented through 4 plenary, 12 strategic, 52 scientific/technical, 23 invited sessions and marketplace poster throughout 4 days. Each of the sessions covered a particular theme. Within scientific/technical sessions eight or so papers were orally presented, while the remaining papers were shown in the poster hall. I was honoured to present my PhD results orally. Overall, the scientific/technical sessions contained extremely high quality presentations and were designed in such a way to stimulate an interactive discussion between a presenter and an audience.
My main area of research is focused on studying pavement texture effects on fuel consumption, pavement materials and pavement management. Typically, nine sessions were running in parallel, for this reason, I attended only those sessions which were the closest to my area of interest, unless there was no conflict with these sessions. In order to effectively take advantage of these sessions and meet with the key experts I preliminarily reviewed the programme and identified time slots when these sessions were planned to take place. Additionally, I paid a particular attention to the parallel sessions and exhibition hall to miss as little information as possible.
The presented paper was co-authored with my PhD supervisors Prof. H. Beckedahl and Dr. N. Thom and was in a session entitled “Road Surface, Traffic and Effect on Noise Pollution and Fuel Consumption”. It was received very well and led to many questions and discussion from the audience afterwards. This was a rewarding experience to reply and explain the methodology developed. I therefore found this conference an excellent opportunity to share the research findings obtained. The paper outlined novel multi-scale numerical model and experimental methods to investigate pavement texture properties on fuel consumption by computing micro-distortional rolling resistance. The results showed that new methods gave rise to adequate results and that the most environmentally friendly surface packing is related to the longitudinally orientated concrete texture among the surfaces simulated. Although there was no other presentations/posters on exactly the same topic, which mostly dealt with the noise measurements and reduction systems, it complimented the other talks in the session.
Furthermore, by attending this international conference I was able not only to disseminate my research findings, but also to interact with a number of leading researchers and obtain insight into the development in the research field. In particular, I met with Dr. Luc Goubert, a senior researcher from Belgian Road Research Centre, who is a recognised consultant on noise emissions due to pavement surface characteristics. I talked also with pavement researchers from Gdansk University and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. In general, a significant potential exists for collaborative research and exchange visits between us.
In conclusion the conference was worth to take part in and was well prepared. I was introduced to the types of technical problems/solutions that currently researched/suggested in Europe and worldwide in terms of their pavement, railway and traffic engineering application. A particular interest I paid to new materials and computational, testing techniques applied in the pavement as well as to the methods developed to optimise the pavement surface properties. An optimisation of the road surface seems to be a logical step after this PhD study and the new contacts established will be useful for further research. Last but not least, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Zentrum für Graduiertenstudien der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal for financially supporting my participation at the TRA conference.