Innovative Railway Braking System

Newcastle University, approached RIC to ask for assistance with an RSSB funded project that involved the development of an innovative railway braking system. The project aimed to develop a system that would allow trains to continue to operate in adverse conditions that would usually cause a disruption to services.

We worked closely with the university team to develop their initial concept and designed, built and operated a series of experimental test rigs. These rigs allow for dynamic tests to be performed and combine mechanical and electrical systems with digital data acquisition capability.

The outcome of this work has been a progressive series of successful experiments that are working towards a breakthrough in rail braking technology. Newcastle University have engaged the Reece Innovation team for the second phase of the project, which is currently underway.