Paris Conference 2016


Wheel/Rail Interface & Switches – 26 January 2016

Interaction between wheels and rails effect fuel consumption, derailment risk and vehicle stability. An optimal interaction between wheels and rails has a very positive effect on maintenance, reliability, energy savings and sustainability. → View Conference Programme

Yet there is an opposite demand between wheels and tracks and it is of great importance to optimize the interaction. This is particularly crucial when tracks are shared by different types of transportation such as freight, high speed and commuter trains. If ill managed one system will have a bearing on the other system.

Issues like the effect of contamination on wear fatigue and traction, safety improvement, maintenance, lifecycle and replacement costs are dealt with.

The conference will review what is happening between wheels and rails, the interaction, the opposite effects and how to achieve an optimal system.

Conference Programme: Wheel/Rail Interface & Switches

Yuewei Ma, PhD Candidate - Delft University of Technology
Christian Eichwald, Team Leader Customer Support Rail – Amberg Technologies AG
Edward de Jong, Senior Consultant - Ricardo Rail (formerly Lloyd's Register Rail)
Eric Baars, Maintenance Consultant – Strukton Systems bv
Giuseppe Aurisicchio, Product Line Manager for Railway Infrastructure Measuring Trains and Systems - MER MEC S.p.A.
Juliette van Driel, Chain Director Wayside Monitoring Systems - ProRail
Marc Antoni, Director Rail System – UIC
Martin Hiensch, Specialist Mechanics - Dekra Rail
Matthias Manhart, Head Rhomberg Sersa Technology - Sersa Maschineller Gleisbau AG
Pierre Etienne Gautier, VP Innovation - Systra
Yann Bezin, Head of Research – Institute of Railway Research | University of Huddersfield

Chairman of the day: Marc Antoni, Director Rail System – UIC

Session 1: ‘Loads, Stress & Rail defects’

Session 2: ‘Optimising opposite demands’

Session 3: ‘Strategy & Technology’

Session 4: ‘Maintenance & Renewal’

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