Program 2 – Materials and Manufacturing

The objective of the Materials and Manufacturing research program is to deliver competitive cost, durability and performance in advanced rail manufacturing. This will be achieved through research and commercialization in the following fields – High performance materials for heavy haul, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced, lightweight materials and Low Cost Manufacturing Systems.


The list of current projects now underway includes:

  • R2.1.2 – Protection of cast steel coupler from corrosion by cold spray
  • R2.2.1 – Advancing the platform to train interface to address safety issues and DSAPT compliance
    Downer/Monash University
  • R2.3.1 – Accelerated life testing and characterisation of critical components
    Knorr-Bremse / CSIRO
  • R2.3.2 – Axle bearing maintenance optimisation
    Bombardier / University of Queensland
  • R2.3.4 – Monitoring and control of false brinelling
    Bombardier / University of Queensland
  • R2.5.1 – Performance of recycled rubber inclusions for improved stability of railways
    Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation / Tyre Stewardship Australia / University of Wollongong
  • R2.5.2 – Application of geogrids for minimising track deformation and degradation under high frequency cyclic and heavy haul loading
    Global Synthetics / Foundation QA / University of Wollongong
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