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New challenges for road transportation and urban management

In the framework of the upscaling European project: ECOPADSEliminating COpper from brake PADS and recycling, funded by EIT RawMaterials, the Project consortium is organizing an international workshop on one of the key issues that inspired the Project action: reducing and certifying particulate matter emission from vehicular brake systems.

This is an aspect that is gaining more and more pace for two main reasons. In the first place, the reduction in exhaust emissions has resulted in a relative increase of the emission budget from other sources associated with vehicular traffic: brakes, but also tires and road asphalt. In the second place, all these emissions will be there also when, in the end, the present vehicle fleet will be fully replaced by electrical vehicles.

Therefore, non-exhaust vehicular emissions are an issue as concerns the present policies and urban management regulations. In the long run they will continue to be an important reference also as concerns product certification, driving the research for low emitting vehicle parts.

These aspects will be discussed during the Workshop thanks to the contributions of leading experts in EU regulations, urban environmental monitoring, non-exhaust emission characterization. The program of the Workshop will also include presentations by members of the ECOPADS Consortium, who will present an overview on the latest achievements of the Project.


9:00 – 9:30 – Registration

9:30 – 9:45 – Presentation of the Event
Stefano Gialanella, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

9:45 -10:15 – Keynote lecture: Brake particle emissions – challenges and solutions
Theodoros Grigoratos, Joint Research Center, Ispra (Va), Italy.

10:15 – 10:45 – Invited lecture: Improving source apportionment in urban areas coupling advanced experimental and modelling approaches
Roberta Vecchi, Department of Physics, University of Milan, Italy

10:45 -11:10  – Coffee break

11:10 – 11:40 Blowing in the wind – notes on physical properties of the small scale airborne wear particles from brakes
Ulf Olofsson, Department of Mechanical Design, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

11:40 – 12:00 From the beginning: EU Projects on non-exhaust brake emissions
Luca Menapace, Brembo S.p.A., Stezzano (Bg), Italy

12:00 – 12:20 Ecopads project: Eliminating Copper from brake PADS and Recycling
Mara Leonardi, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

12:20 – 12:50 How to: Brake pad development & emission evaluation
Matteo Redaelli & Mattia Alemani, Brembo S.p.A., Stezzano (Bg), Italy

12: 50 – Closing remarks

Light buffet lunch

How to participate

The Participation in the workshop is free but the registration is mandatory.

60 places available

Register here