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EPSRC The impact of new materials on the whole-life cost of railway assets – deadline 9 October 2014

The EPSRC in collaboration with the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), supported by Department for Transport (DfT) invite research proposals working towards the following joint research call. The objective of this call is to establish a number of cross-disciplinary consortia to conduct research into novel applications for materials to reduce whole life asset costs. Great strides have been made in materials science in the past decade that have not yet been fully considered by the rail industry. Examples where materials could be used to make lighter, stronger, more intelligent railway assets include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials for lighter and stronger structures and components
  • Materials with improved mechanical properties (for example resistance against corrosion, no need for paint, lightness, strength, durability)
  • Self-healing materials for more durable rail assets
  • Self-monitoring materials for optimised maintenance
  • Materials for energy storage and energy harvesting

Up to £2 million has been earmarked for this call subject to research quality and it is anticipated that three to four proposals will be funded (in the region of £500,000-£800,000). Potential applicants must complete an intent to submit form by 4pm on 18 September 2014. An information day will be held at RSSB offices relating to the calls focus on 11 September 2014.

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