University of Birmingham Showcase

RRUKA organized a visit to the University of Birmingham’s rail research facilities on 4 November 2016, as part of its ‘University Showcase’ initiative.

Steering group members watch BCRRE’s robotic arm measuring a wheelset and refining its planned trajectory.

The university hosted two RSSB cross-industry steering group meetings – on the ‘feasibility of the use of autonomous robotics systems for wheelset reworking’ an RSSB funded project being led by the University of Birmingham, and ‘Standardisation of coupling arrangements’ – with 20 delegates representing Network Rail, RDG, TOCs, ROSCOs and manufacturers.

The Automatic Wheelset Inspection Cell

The Automatic Wheelset Inspection Cell

Prof. Clive Roberts explains the ACFM sensor used to detect rail head Rolling Contact Fatigue (RCF)

Prof. Clive Roberts explains the ACFM sensor used to detect rail head Rolling Contact Fatigue (RCF)

 

Before the meetings, Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE) Teaching Fellow, Stephen Kent, gave guests an introduction to the Railway Centre, which brings together over 130 individuals to form the largest university based railway group in Europe.  Next stop on the tour was a visit to a robotic arm currently being used on the wheelset reworking project.

At the Laser Deposition Cell, researchers demonstrated advanced additive manufacturing

The group get a demonstration of the laser “in action”

The group get a demonstration of the laser “in action”

(3D printing) processes, which have the potential to be used for wheelset repair in the future.  Then it was back to the BCRRE to see the computer modelling and driver simulation suite in action before a networking lunch.

Members of the group take control of the university’s new BRaVE driving simulator

Members of the group take control of the university’s new BRaVE driving simulator

Did you know? The BCRRE educates over 400 students each year including MSc, bespoke courses for industry, plus new undergrad courses.

Interested in holding a cross-industry group meeting at an RRUKA university?  From a university and would like to host a ‘showcase’?  Get in touch: secretariat@rruka.org.uk

 

More information on the projects can be found on SPARK:

  • ‘Feasibility of the use of autonomous robotics systems for wheelset reworking’ (COF-RAS-03)
  • ‘Standardisation of coupling arrangements’ (T1003)

 

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