Fordyno’s Business Development Manager, Liam Fechner, was grateful to be invited to speak at the Rail Manufacturing CRC Participant’s Forum in Melbourne on 31st October 2018.

Liam presented some of Fordyno’s iconic projects including the new Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 high-speed train design and the Fuxing Hao high-speed train to the group of rail industry and academic representatives.

But the core of the presentation was the huge potential for structural composite materials to be applied in rolling stock and save weight, improve fatigue life and deliver better trains. Our work with CRRC on the Wuhan Optics Valley Quantum composite tram was shown as one viable solution for composite rolling stock structures, and recent developments in composite structures around the world were also presented.

The presentation was well received with a number of insightful and challenging questions from an informed audience.

It was fantastic to learn about the broad range of research being undertaken through the Rail Manufacturing CRC covering energy storage, unmanned inspections, rail welding technology and training and maintenance. The CRC is delivering a deep and diverse range of research topics to support the Australian rail industry, with potential global application.

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