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Recycled Carbon Fiber Repurposed into World’s First Carbon Fiber Rail Bogie

The world’s first carbon fiber rail bogie (CAFIBO) is being developed by a consortium of companies including ELG Carbon Fibre, Magma Structures, the University of Birmingham, the University of Huddersfield and Alstom. The new bogie, made entirely out of surplus and recycled carbon fiber materials, is lighter than conventional bogies and optimizes vertical and transverse […]

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The world’s first carbon fiber rail bogie (CAFIBO) is being developed by a consortium of companies including ELG Carbon Fibre, Magma Structures, the University of Birmingham, the University of Huddersfield and Alstom. The new bogie, made entirely out of surplus and recycled carbon fiber materials, is lighter than conventional bogies and optimizes vertical and transverse stiffness.

Benefits of the CAFIBO include:

  • Reduced track wear and infrastructure maintenance costs by reducing vertical and transverse loads on the rails
  • Improved reliability and operational availability through an embedded health monitoring system
  • Reduced energy consumption

The bogie will be tested on the University of Huddersfield’s Huddersfield Adhesion & Rolling contact Laboratory Dynamics test rolling rig, also known as HAROLD. HAROLD is unique in combining a large 2m diameter rotating rail drum with the capability to test a complete bogie assembly including an accurate representation of the contact conditions existing between the wheel and rail.

Frazer Barnes, managing director of ELG Carbon Fibre commented, “Replacing steel with recycled carbon fiber to produce a rail bogie is a world first so it is a hugely exciting and rewarding project to be part of. We hope to make recycled carbon not only an attractive option for the rail industry in terms of weight reduction but also to eliminate waste and drive down cost.”

Simon Iwnicki, director of the Institute of Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield, added, “There are significant potential benefits from adopting novel materials and construction methods in railway vehicle bogies. The reduction in mass results in energy savings but can also reduce track forces and improve dynamic performance. I hope that the tests on the CAFIBO bogie being carried out here at Huddersfield will help to encourage the railway industry to accept these new techniques.”

Source: http://compositesmanufacturingmagazine.com/2019/12/recycled-carbon-fiber-repurposed-into-worlds-first-carbon-fiber-rail-bogie/

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What is a good LED light diffuser? Similar to the ring on Amazon Echo

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There are a number of resin grades available with “diffusion additives.” The acrylic based ones tend to look best… and these are often available in sheet or pellet form. Diffusion is available in other resin types that may be required for your product for durability or regulatory reasons.

There are also diffusion films that have a surface texture to aid diffusion that help with clear plastic… but diffusion in the bulk resin generally looks better.

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Smart preventive maintenance using machine learning?

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Hello, I am trying to learn more about how small scale manufacturers handle their preventive maintenance. Do they run CMMS or EAM softwares? How is small manufacturer adapting to new technologies for maintenance ?

I am trying to design a product that will be connected to manufacturing equipment, collects data and notifies technician when fault occurs, and using machine learning it can provide smart preventive maintenance schedules

Will appreciate any thoughts and feedback. Looking to get honest opinion

Thank you

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Find a premium manufacturer of computer hardware – Mouses and Mousepads

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Hi Guys, I am looking for premium manufacturers of mousepads and mouses. Apart from alibaba what are good sources to find them ?

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