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Railway Brake and Friction

Optimise your brake systems


December 14 2016, Derby, UK 

No other conference will give you more focussed information on railway brakes and friction materials

We believe this is the only large-scale railway brake conference taking place anywhere in the world, and the best opportunity to learn, network and trade with railway brake professionals from Asia and Europe.

Railway Brake and Friction Conference will bring together brake professionals like you – policy makers, industry experts, and academics – to discuss strategies for optimising brake systems. 

You will find a conference programme full of technical information, regulatory updates, and new insights from different stakeholders  so that you take away actionable insights.

Speaker panel includes:-

As you know, single-theme conferences on brake systems in the railway industry are rare. Take just one day out of the office in order to  hear braking experts cover the information that you need to know:-

  • Application of EU regulation to existing freight wagons
  • Brake system technology for high speed trains: lessons from China
  • Replacing cast iron brake shoes with composite brake blocks
  • Noise emission limitation for freight wagons
  • How Transport for London created a world first in regenerative braking
  • Energy efficiency system design
  • Parameters and stochastic behaviour of braking force and transmission
  • Use of Monte Carlo Techniques and special rare event techniques for simulation
  • Braking adhesion management
  • WSP strategies
  • Adhesion improvement by magnetic track brakes and sanding devices
  • Using microwave technology to increase adhesion
  • Research into effects of plasma on track treatment
  • WAG TSI requirements on the interoperability constituent friction element for wheel tread wheels
  • How friction materials can benefit the bottom line
  • Future innovations

hear new technical information from industry, regulatory authorities and researchers  save time and money by meeting buyers and sellers under one roof over the course of one working day  I  network with your peers from across the world in Derby, home to the largest cluster of railway companies anywhere in the world

Participants confirmed from:-



DB Systemtechnik




Transport for London

Federal-Mogul Corporation




The Imagination Factory (recipient of RSSB funding for finding solutions for predictable and optimised braking) 




Rockwool B.V Lapinus Fibres



International Organisations, Research Institutions and Standards Bodies

International Union of Railways (UIC)

European Rail Agency (ERA)

China Academy of Railway Science

University of Huddersfield

University of Applied Sciences Munich

FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences

RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board)

TUV Rheinland

Supporting organisations

Media support