EU projects

Project title: “Strengthening the competitiveness of PONDT by investing in research and development of the validation of PAUT technology for testing welded rail connections”, KK.

Project description: Strengthening the capacity of PONDT in cooperation with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb, the professional support in the form of technical knowledge for the development of the PAUT test technology, standards and studies for the validation of the PAUT technology. This leads to the further commercialization of the service.

Project objective: The aim of the project is to strengthen the competitiveness of PONDT through the development of new technologies. By providing a completely new service one would like to enable new business fields and markets.

To this end, professional support and technical knowledge of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb has been provided for the development of PAUT testing technologies, standards and studies to validate the PAUT technology for testing welding rail connections with the aim of further commercializing the service.

During the implementation of the project, technologies and knowledge were developed for the application of the multi-converter ultrasonic method for testing aluminothermic welded connections on railway tracks in accordance with the HRN EN 14730-1 standard (railway superstructure – aluminothermic welding rails – part 1). The scope of the service has been expanded, which will contribute to more jobs and customers, as the welding inspection method in question can provide the service of inspecting welds on railroad tracks, which is an important niche for further business development.

Total project value: 93.125,00 HRK

Total grant amount: 52.150,00 HRK

Time period of project implementation: 7.5.2020. – 3.9.2020.

Contact person for further information: Jure Burnać,