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2nd Annual Railway Brake and Friction Conference

Optimise your brake systems


15 November 2017, Derby, UK 

More information on railway brakes and friction materials than  at any other conference

Following last year’s successful conference, the 2nd Annual Railway Brake and Friction Conference returns with new speakers and sessions. As you would expect, the agenda is full of technical information and new insights, so that you leave this conference with information that you can use in your job straightaway. The speaker faculty includes:-

Railway Brake and Friction Conference takes place in Derby, which is home to the largest cluster of railway companies in the world. 

Senior stakeholders from around the world, representing industry, research community and policy come to Derby for this one day event. This year’s conference topics include:-

  • UIC brake pad certification 
  • Composite brake blocks in harsh winter conditions
  • Magnetic track brakes 
  • Braking and brake assessment for autonomous trains using computer vision, machine learning and big data
  • Next generation of freight wagon
  • Design of a multi axle roller rig for the study of wheel-rail contact adhesion and cleaning effect of the rail
  • First experience with the full-scale Roller Rig ATLAS (Advanced Test Laboratory for Adhesion based Systems)
  • Low track adhesion
  • Predicting friction enhancer effectiveness

Conference starts soon








You will find the conference room full of your peers from around the world, so you can discover how other organisations from different countries are optimising their brake systems. 

You will leave this conference with your wallet packed with business cards of customers, clients and experts so that you can continue to build relationships with the braking community long after the event has finished. 

You only need to take one day out of the office to network with new and existing clients, learn new information and develop new business opportunities. We think this event will be a very good use of your time, don’t you?

Who attends?

Managing Director  I  Technical Director  I  Global Sales Director  I  Head of Brakes  I  Director Friction Material  I  Engineering Director   Research and Development Director  I  Head of Rolling Stock  I      Technology Manager  I   Test Engineer   I   Lead Bogie Brake Engineer Vehicle Dynamics Engineer I Sales Manager I  Friction Products Business Manager  I  Application Engineer, Pads and Blocks I Technical Team Manager TSS Brake I Professor   I   Research Fellow   I   Student

Network with the railway brake community from around the world at the drinks reception, from 16:15 until 17:00. This is free for all registrants – make sure you don’t miss it!

Organisations that attend the Railway Brake and Friction Conference series include:- 


Alstom Transport





CARS (China Academy of Railway Science)


DB Systemtechnik


ERA (European Railway Agency)

ESG Rail


Federal-Mogul Corporation

FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences



Irish Rail

Keolis Amey Docklands




MLP Friction Braking


Norske tog


Rockwool B.V Lapinus Fibres

Rowe Hankins Ltd

RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board)




The Imagination Factory

Transport for London



TUEV Rheinland

Turin Polytechnic

UIC (International Union of Railways)

University of Applied Sciences Munich

University of Huddersfield

University of Leeds

University of Newcastle


WH Davis