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Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Edificio A - Piano 3° - Area Trasporti
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Placing in service of railway subsystems; Rail freight transport; Vehicle-track interaction: impacts, theory and experiment; Impacts of rail vehicle innovations.

Riccardo V. Licciardello graduated in mechanical engineering (specialisation: transport system technology) with honours in 1998, with a thesis comparing two commercial multi-body softwares for rail vehicle dynamics. After a brief collaboration with the railway industry, he went on to take his Ph.D. in Railway Engineering in 2002, with a thesis involving the design, implementation and field tests of an innovative on-board wheel-rail contact force measurement system. In the following years, whilst continuing his vehicle-track interaction studies as a researcher at SAPIENZA University, he lectured in Transport Sciences and Economy (2003-2009) and in Vehicle Dynamics (2004-2009), then in Transport Safety (2010-2012), and became a consultant for Italy's Ministry of Transport as railway expert (2004-2011), where he worked on rail safety, railway worker health&safety, monitoring of signalling and operations on Italy's new high-speed lines. With SAPIENZA he started championing EU projects, and in the years 2006-2009 he contributed in setting up the three TrioTRAIN projects, AeroTRAIN, DynoTRAIN and PantoTRAIN, in which he became WP Leader of the WP delivering the project outputs to the standardisation/regulatory bodies (2009-2013). He was involved in a number of impact assessment and other railway-related studies for the EC (2006-2013), addressing rail noise abatement, rail access legislation, rail safety, single-wagon-load transport. In 2011 he was called by the Law Court of Lucca as railway expert to support the enquiry on the tragic Viareggio accident of 2009. In 2012 he was co-founder, and became Technical Director, of DITS, a spin-off company of SAPIENZA, where he has worked on, among other topics, vehicle-track interaction, noise and vibrations, freight operations and shunting. In 2016 he took on his current role of Quality Assurance Manager of DITS. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit (SAGE Publishers) and of the organising committees of the conferences “Railways” and “Urban Transport”. In recent years, with SAPIENZA he has been involved in projects on track geometry for freight terminals, conceptual modelling of rail freight operations, and European projects on rail thermal stress and Traffic Management System issues (IN2RAIL), testing of the European Train Control System ETCS (VITE), next generation of running gear (RUN2Rail), simulation of rail yards and the interacting network (OptiYard), European regulations (TSI) to place in service overhead contact lines (S2R-PantOCL), innovations in axlebox journal bearings (GEARBODIES). In the first half of 2022, he joined ANSFISA, the road/rail national safety authority in Italy, from which he is now on leave and with a tenure-track researcher position at Sapienza DICEA.

Pubblicazioni Selezionate

Goodall, R., Licciardello, R., Hughes, P., & Persson, R. (2022). An authorisation framework for actively controlled running gear. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 09544097211066373.

Licciardello, R., & Ricci, S. (2022). Present and Future of Rail Freight: Problems and Challenges. In Modern Trends and Research in Intermodal Transportation (pp. 405-449). Springer, Cham.

Licciardello R., Sapienza A., Moreno García Loygorri J., Jarillo J. M., Álvarez-Monteserín J. A. C. (2020). Convenience of running-gear Health Monitoring Systems to reduce unavailability in metropolitan railways. WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, Volume 200, p. 25-36, SOUTHAMPTON: WIT Press, ISBN: 978-1-78466-369-8.

Jarillo J. M., Moreno J., Alfi S., Barcet S., Bouvet P., Bruni S., Cervello S., Costa B., Licciardello R. (2020). Novel technology concepts and architecture for on-board condition-based monitoring of railway running gear: The RUN2Rail vision. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 0954409720951409.

Velletrani F., Licciardello R., Bruner M. (2020). Intelligent wheelsets for the trains of the future: The role of in-service wheel-rail force measurement. Ingegneria Ferroviaria, Vol. 75, N. 10, pp. 701-725.




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