Magma Structures has won in the rail category from three finalists at the JEC 2018 Composites Awards in Paris. Magma is leading the construction aspects of a consortium of rail industry specialists, working with ELG Carbon Fiber Ltd on an optimised lightweight carbon fibre bogie frame.
Accepting the award on behalf of the consortium, Magma Structures Technical Director Damon Roberts said:
“Rail operators are seeking to reduce costs associated with track damage, and the time and financial burden of regularly maintaining train carriage bogies and suspension units. The use of recycled carbon fibre is a key aspect of this design, and not only helps to make composite material solutions an attractive choice, but brings the benefit of reducing waste.”
“The frame has benefits including weight reduction of at least 50% and reduced track wear and maintenance. High-volume manufacturing techniques are used to reduce the overall cost of the composite solution.”
Andy Shaw, Magma Structures Managing Director said:
“This is the first project to develop a lightweight carbon fibre bogie frame that addresses the issues of weight and also includes recycled material. The key factor is that this new bogie frame reduces costs, the main barrier that has prevented commercial adoption to date.”
JEC 2018 Innovation Award winning partners: Magma Structures (UK), ELG Carbon Fiber Ltd (UK), Alstom Transport (UK), University of Birmingham (UK) and University of Huddersfield (UK).