08:30 - Full Day Programme
REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS
Ian Papworth, Independent Consultant, Chair, IMechE Organising Committee
LESS COST, LESS RISK – THE CHALLENGE
Andy Course, Chief Operating Officer, Eversholt Rail
• Who carries the cost?
• Who carries the risk?
• How do we get the best solution for the industry?
SESSION 1: WHERE ARE WE NOW?
INDUSTRY DRIVEN STANDARDS – THE WORK OF CEN TC 256
Geoff Mather BSc (Eng), FIMechE, CEng, Independent Engineer
• An overview of the stakeholders
• Information on Geoff’s scope of work in this field
• Background and development of European standards (Euronorms – ENs) for the rail industry
• How the requirements were and still are being identified
CAN WE REMOVE IN-SERVICE AXLE TESTING?
Neil Drury, Lead Engineer, Business Development, FirstGroup and Chair, Wheelset Management Group
• T774: research investigating the value, reliability and effectiveness of axle inspection techniques, considering the issues:
• Why did it come about?
• What’s changed?
• Where is industry going?
• What is available to help?
THE ROLE OF STANDARDS IN DEVELOPING BEST PRACTICE FOR WHEEL-RAIL MANAGEMENT
Bridget Eickhoff, Professional Head Of Infrastructure, RSSB
• Developing best practice
• Learning from other railways
• New developments
NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK
SESSION 2: TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS
FROM FURNACE TO FLEET
Speaker to be announced, Lucchini Unipart Rail Limited
• View from a vertically integrated supply chain
• A wheelset manufacturer’s view of maintenance
• Applying manufacturer’s knowledge to reducing whole life costs
REFURBISHMENT OF LOCOMOTION AXLES THROUGH LASER APPLIED SURFACE ENGINEERING (RELASE): A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH
Stavros Avramidis, Senior Project Leader NDT, TWI Technology Centre, Wales and Sam Lester, Technical Director, LASE Ltd and Sam Lester, Technical Director, LASE Ltd.
• Background and benefits of laser cladding
• Results from laser cladding of railway axles and other applications
• Results from fatigue and hardness testing using representative clad coupons
• Background and results from automated high frequency ultrasonic testing of cladding layer on axles
• Future development activities
In-service Trials of Wheel Re-profiling with Thin Flanges
Julian Stow, Assistant Director, Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield and Hamid Khan, Systems Engineer, Alstom
• Background, current RGS, why turn thin flanges (and when in the wheelset’s life cycle)
• Evidence base to date – UK industry and research activity
• Wear simulation results – different fleets and routes
• Class 390 trial overview
• Early trial results
• Next steps, future and standards change
SESSION 3: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
INSPECTING THE DEPTH OF WHEEL TREAD SURFACE DAMAGE USING MAGNETIC FLUX LEAKAGE
Stephanie Klecha, UK Engineering Manager, MRX UK and Dr Adam Bevan, The Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield
• Overview: Surface Crack Measurement (SCM) technology
• Introduction to handheld unit data collection, including lathe validations trials (with RSSB and Bombardier Transportation)
• Case study describing typical use and benefits
THE IMPACT OF CONDITION MONITORING AND INNOVATION ON LSER’S C375/376 BOGIE OVERHAUL PROGRAMME LSER
Mark Johnson, Engineering Director, SouthEastern
• Field experience of adapting traditional maintenance practices in the depot to a condition-based approach
• How innovation can be embraced and supported through its introduction into service
• Getting a condition-based maintenance plan safety case signed off
WHY WHEELSET RCM IS POTENTIALLY THE MOST STRATEGIC DECISION
FOR THIS DECADE
Justin Southcombe, Commercial Director, Perpetuum
• Addressing the macro issues facing all depots over the next 10-20 years
• Understanding the unique advantages of wheelset/bogie components for RCM
A QUICK METHOD FOR DETERMINING EQUIVALENT CONICITY
OF WHEELS AND RAILS
Mark Burstow, Principal Vehicle Track Dynamics Engineer, Network Rail
• Equivalent conicity is an important geometric parameter controlling the interaction of wheels and rails
• If unmanaged it can lead to poor vehicle ride, damage to infrastructure and vehicles, and increased risk of derailment
• Current methods for determining equivalent conicity require complex calculations and detailed, accurate measurements of wheel profiles
• How to use the ‘quick conicity’ method which has been developed and is based on a simple measurement from the wheel profile
NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK
SESSION 4: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
CHAIR: JOHN REDDYHOFF, EVERSHOLT RAIL
EVOLVING WORKSHOP KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS
Julian Betts, Senior Team Leader, Govia Thameslink Railway
• Changes in wheel defects from the old to the new rolling stock
• Why and where to find evidence
• Do you know what condition your wheels are in when in service, not just as new?
WHEEL PROFILE MANAGEMENT: A PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE
Andy Vickerstaff, Senior Wheel-Rail Interface Engineer, London Underground Ltd.
• What is it and what are the benefits?
• Translating academic requirements into practical steps for the maintainer
• The London Underground experience
WHEELSETS OF THE FUTURE: A PRACTICAL CONSIDERATION
Roger Deuce, Senior Product Engineer, Europe Bogies, Bombardier Transportation
• Wheelset developments outside of the UK
• What can we learn?
• What can we apply?
CHAIR’S CLOSING REMARKS
John Reddyhoff, Eversholt Rail
END OF SEMINAR