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You will have the chance to hear about 2 projects currently being investigated by TRL:
Implications of HGV platooning on road performance
Vehicle automation is increasingly becoming more prevalent and has the potential to improve safety for road users and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on heavily trafficked roads. However there is limited knowledge about the effects on the road infrastructure. This study assesses the potential impacts of HGV platooning on pavement performance in the UK and it identifies possible knowledge gaps that have not been addressed in previous trials.
Real-time remote monitoring of structural assets is fast becoming a major tool for the asset manager. The SENSKIN is a new skin-like sensor being developed by a consortium of European partners that can measure deformations over a defined area (and not simply at discrete points).
It is also designed to be robust in harsh environmental conditions and to withstand extreme (>10%) strains. Not only will this sensor provide real-time assurance in benign conditions but also critical information in times of crisis to assist in disaster recovery decision making. TRL are testing and advising on the development of the new sensor, using its structures laboratory and hi-tech video measurement equipment.
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