07 March 2017
07 March 2017
ELG Carbon Fibre says it is taking a prominent role in a project to develop a novel composite bogie frame for use in rail vehicles.
The project, for which the UK’s RSSB (Rail Safety Standards Board) has awarded a grant of £1.25M, aims to both reduce weight and optimise vertical and transverse stiffness in order to decrease vehicle operating costs, infrastructure damage and environmental impact. The two-year programme will be delivered by a consortium of companies comprising CCT, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Huddersfield, with additional support from Alstom.
As well as managing the project and providing recycled carbon fibre materials, ELG Carbon Fibre explains that it will be responsible for delivering the multi-material design in which recycled carbon fibres are expected to feature prominently in order to meet cost and performance targets.
Benefits that the project aims to deliver include:
Phase 1 of the project will see the consortium develop an optimised design and work with the appropriate bodies to address the regulatory framework for primary composite structures in rail applications. Phase 2 of the project envisages the manufacture and testing of a number of full scale demonstrators under representative service conditions using the dynamic test rig at the University of Huddersfield. The embedded health monitoring system being developed by the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham will be demonstrated through these tests.
The research programme is expected to conclude in Q4 of 2018. To follow the consortium’s progress please visit www.elgcf.com for regular updates.
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