Utvärdering av städmaskiners förmåga  att reducera vägdammsförrådet  i gatu- och tunnelmiljöer: En fältstudie i Trondheim 2016


In May 2016, VTI conducted a field study in Strindheim tunnel and on Haakon VII street on behalf of the Norwegian Road Administration in Trondheim aiming at comparing and evaluating the ability of cleaning techniques to reduce the road dust depot in street and tunnel environments. 

The result showed that after a first cleaning effort in the tunnel with the BEAM rotorclean (roadway only), a larger dust load was detected than before cleaning. This is believed to be due to the flushing of dust from the edge of the road or the removal of dust cemented in the road surface texture. After a second cleaning effort, where the walls and ceilings are cleaned and the road is cleaned again, a reduction in dust load could be distinguished, but only in the roadway, not near the edge.

On Haakon VII street, two different cleaning machines, Disa Clean and Val’Air rotor cleaner were used, the former being a dry vacuum sweeper and the latter using rotary high pressure washing combined with vacuum. Sampling was conducted in six fields. The result showed that greatest effect was achieved with Disa Clean in combination with high pressure rinsing as well as with Val’Air rotor cleaner at a driving speed of 3 kilometer per hour. In both cases there were significant differences in dust storage before and after cleaning.



Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshop in Stockholm

An open seminar and workshop in Stockholm will be held on 25-26 April 2018. The workshop deals with the use of CBA as a basis for decision-making in the public sector. The workshop is organized by, among others, Professor Jan-Eric Nilsson, VTI.

The 6st Humanist Conference

The 6th HUMANIST Conference will take place 13-14 June 2018 in the Hague, The Netherlands. The scope of the conference covers a wide range of topics on Human Factors in Transport. Tania Willstrand and Alexander Eriksson will present their research results.



VTI will develop simulators for ambulance staff

VTI has initiated a pilot study for paramedics with the Centre for Teaching & Research in Disaster Medicine and Traumatology and Linköping University. The aim is to give ambulance staff the opportunity to practice critical medical tasks in a moving vehicle in...


Unique electrified road opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road recharging the batteries of cars and trucks while driving opened in Sweden. The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, was at the formal inauguration of the electrified road on April 11, 2018. VTI is one of 22...


Swedish road safety spreads internationally

Sweden is a leading country in terms of road safety, and the research conducted by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has contributed to increased safety. VTI’s remit includes disseminating research results and keeping up to date...


A greater understanding of cyclists' behaviour

Cyclists are often accused of not following traffic rules and being hooligans on the road. New research shows that there is no support for this perception. "Our observations reveal no such general anarchy" says Sonja Forward, researcher at VTI.


New technology for road surface measurement tested

VTI has tested a new scanning-laser technology for road surface measurement. The tests show the new technology for comprehensive transverse-profile measurement provides dependable values in measuring transverse profile and rut depth.


Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

VTI’s Senior Research Leader Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for his work on research into tyres and road surface.