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Carbon fibre bogie unveiled at ‘Unlocking Innovation’ rail conference at University of Huddersfield

The world’s first carbon fibre bogie (CAFIBO), which is being developed by a consortium of companies comprising of Magma Structures, ELG Carbon Fibre, University of Birmingham, and the University of Huddersfield, with support from Alstom and funding provided by the RSSB, has been unveiled to over 100 industry delegates at the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Unlocking Innovation event at the University of Huddersfield.

Magma has completed the build element of the project and over the next few months, the bogie will be tested on the University of Huddersfield’s state-of-the-art test rolling rig named the Huddersfield Adhesion & Rolling contact Laboratory Dynamics rig, or ‘HAROLD’.

It is hoped the tests will help to encourage the railway industry to use novel materials and construction methods in railway bogies due to the significant benefits that can be gained such as lower weight, less waste & lower costs.

Magma is now working with the consortium to build two more units to put on the track.

 

http://www.elgcf.com/news/worlds-first-carbon-fibre-rail-bogie-unveiled-at-unlocking-innovation-rail-conference-at-the-university-of-huddersfield

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