New sensors to be mounted on trains to safeguard bridges and railways

In the Poli labs, a new generation of scientists is charting new routes: today we introduce you twelve of them, among the best young researchers in Europe

Politecnico is at the top of the world rankings of universities also thanks to the frontier scientific research it carries out in its laboratories. The protagonists of this Italian record are the approximately 3,500 scientists and researchers of Politecnico. Among the hottest topics are obviously those related to the systemic transformation towards climate neutrality; and then, the world of digital, space exploration, life sciences, the movements embraced by the New European Bauhaus, the new frontiers in the study of matter... In particular, young researchers inject new life into the research system and grow innovative scientific strands. Politecnico invests in activities aimed precisely at encouraging young scientists of excellence to join in. Among many, this year we welcome twelve new young researchers who are among the best of their generation. They are here at Politecnico di Milano thanks to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fellowship programme. Let us introduce them... in alphabetical order.

CHARIKLEIA STOURA deals with the characterisation of roughness in railway tracks on the basis of vibration data from trains in service. Currently, in order to monitor the structural condition of bridges, visual inspections are carried out or measuring devices are installed directly on the bridges, and this system that involves high costs and a large number of man-hours. Stoura aims to develop a methodology using low-cost sensors to be installed on trains in service, which travel over all the bridges of the railway network at frequent intervals, collecting data in a continuous and systemic manner. This is a type of monitoring that aims at complete digitisation and digitalisation of railway infrastructure maintenance. This, in turn, can provide valuable information and promote informed decisions regarding the regular maintenance of railway systems and optimal operating conditions (e.g., train speed).

Read more: all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) researchers in 2023 on MAP 12