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Railway Brake and Friction

Optimise your brake systems


15 November 2017, Derby, UK 

You will not get more focussed information on railway brakes and friction materials at any other conference. 

 Further details, and the technical scope of Railway Brake and Friction Conference 2017, will be announced here in May. Limited speaking and exhibition opportunities are available. For further information please email us today at hello@brakefriction.org

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

This is the largest and most comprehensive conference dedicated to railway brake and friction materials, and where the railway brake community comes together for one day in order to network, learn new information and develop new business opportunities.

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.

 2016 speaker panel included:-

As you know, single-theme conferences on brake systems in the railway industry are rare. Topics covered in the inaugural conference included:-

  • 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

 2016 partners and exhibitors:-





Your colleagues from the following organisations attended last year:-


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




MLP Friction Braking


Rockwool B.V Lapinus Fibres

RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board)



The Imagination Factory

Transport for London


TUEV Rheinland

UIC (International Union of Railways)

University of Applied Sciences Munich

University of Huddersfield

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

For less than the price of a single print advertisement campaign, book your exhibition space today to put your organisation in the spotlight I increase your number of business meetings I show your products I make it easy for people to find your services