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4th Railway Brake & Friction Conference

10 – 11 December 2019

Dr T P Ganesan Auditorium,

SRM Institute of Science & Technology – 

Chennai, India 






Inauguration ceremony 


Morning coffee


Modernising India’s railway infrastructure 

  •  understanding the main challenges and opportunities 
  • improvements in railway safety 
  • building new track systems and infrastructure for metro, freight and high speed trains

Ankala Saibaba, Chief Engineer, Indian Railways 


Friction solutions for metro rail in India

Balaji Srinevasan, Vice President, Rane Brake and Linings 


Metro brake systems: worldwide and indian applications

  • overview of brake systems for metro applications (non-Indian)
  • overview of brake systems for metro applications (Indian)
  • specific request for Indian metro application

Jeeva Bharathi Selavaraj, Domain Manager Brakes & Air Supply, Alstom

Francesco Fumarola, Brake Competence Network Leader, Alstom 


Lunch and networking in exhibition hall  


Departure by coach to Mahabalipuram, all speakers and delegates are invited, but must register in advance 


Arrival at conference venue, refreshments and networking 


End of conference 





Novel metal-ceramic brake pads 

  • hot powder forging – an alterntaive technique for producing metallo ceramic pads
  • technique for reducing the processing cost by consolidating power processing and sintering mechanism simultaneously in one step
  • efficient bonding between backing plate and friction layer and designing for variety of braking applications

Dr D. Lenin Singaravelu, Associate Professor Department of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, India


Test methods for evaluating friction, wear and degradation of brake pads, rails and railway lubricants 

  • relevant lab test methods for evaluating brake pads, tracks and top of rail lubricants 
  • case study I – brake pad and track friction, wear and failure using rotary tribometer and roller on roller 
  • case study II – railway greases lubricity  evaluation using four ball tester and and roller on roller  

Debdutt Patro, Product Specialist, Tribology, Ducom Instruments 



Dynamometer evaluation of “K” type and “L” type brake blocks

  • understanding why dynamometer evaluation is important for friction evaluation
  • dynamometer assessment as per ERRI specification
  • comparison of data baetween two dynamometers 

L Ramasamy, Consultant, MASU Brakes


Mid-morning coffee 


Finite element modeling and experimental validation of temperature evolution in locomotive wheels fitted with cast iron and composite brake blocks 

  • finite element prediction of temperature evolution in locomotive wheels during braking
  • frictional characteristics of cast iron and composite iron blocks
  • validation of temperature evolution in locomotive wheels using field trials using cast iron and composite brake blocks

Dr Vineesh K P,  Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Calicut 


Martensite formation on electric multiple unit wheels during peak monsoon season in India – an experimental and field study

  • solving brake block and wheel problems caused by martensite formation
  • evaluating the results from tribological tests and field studies 

T.N Venkataramani, Vice President R & D, Hindustan Composites Ltd 



Lunch and networking 


Role of micro surface textures in controlling wear and friction under starved lubrication conditions

Shubrajit Bhaumik, Assistant Professor, Tribology and Surface Interaction Research Laboratory, SRM Institute of Science and Technology 


Effect of physical properties towards overall performance in railway brake lining 

S. Habib Rahmathulla, Managing Director, FRICMART


Analysing railway brake friction patents: what can we learn

understanding how data analysis has evolved 

how can data analysis add significant value to companies

finding valuable information from published patents 

Dr Vijay Subramanian, India Representative, Alroko


Drinks reception


End of conference 

Conference extras at no extra cost to you…


1) Make the most of your event and join other delegates on an excursion to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Tuesday 10th December, for creative inspiration and extra networking opportunities. 


 2) Drinks reception  on Wednesday 11th December so that you have an extra opportunity to discuss the conference presentations with other delegates, network in a relaxed manner, make new connections and mingle with friends. 

Please note Brake Conference Ltd reserves the right to make any changes,  at any time, to the programme, timings, speakers, topics, sessions and breaks, receptions, tours etc.