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QUIESST successfully kicked off

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Brussels, 10 November 2009. In the course of the kick off meeting organised in the premises of the European Union Road Federation (ERF), the 13 project partners officially started to work on the EC co-funded FP7 project.

Following an in-depth analysis and practical simulations, this pioneering project will optimise the knowledge, the methods, the use and the global effectiveness of the ground transport NRD, in order to allow a durable and sustainable development of transport.

Considering the global NRD’s performance depends on:

  • the initial intrinsic acoustic characteristics of the industrial products used, and the long-term durability of those characteristics;
  • their relevant design (intrinsic acoustic performances, flat /non flat - homogeneous / heterogeneous devices, dimensions and location) in function of the vehicles, the infrastructure and the concerned environment;
  • the whole sound propagation process: intrinsic performances which directly affect the near field propagation could affect the far field performances in a complete different way (remember that END can lead to more stringent noise reduction criteria, leading to more and more distant affected areas).

QUIESST will merge, for the very first time, the consideration of the NRD's intrinsic and extrinsic acoustic characteristics, together with their sustainability. This innovative holistic approach will allow to control the actual global effectiveness, to reduce ground transport noise, to minimise the number of exposed people to noise, to reduce the level of noise exposure and to make NRD more sustainable.