Supporting UK Composites

Opportunities for Composites in Rail - A Sector Showcase

In collaboration with The Rail Alliance

The rail industry is embracing fibre-reinforced polymer composites and are key specifiers for the material for use in both infrastructure and rolling stock applications.

For infrastructure, all-FRP bridge structures are favoured for their lightweight and durable properties and can be pre-fabricated off-site meaning the disruption of service is minimised during the replacement of a foot or road bridge over the network, as these can be installed overnight. Other infrastructure applications include trackbeds, gantries, lineside furniture and platform surfaces.

Interior-wise composites can actively be seen, particularly in vestibule pods that can be moulded and then ‘dropped in’ to the vehicle structure to be connected to internal services.

The Event

This event, run by Composites UK in collaboration with the Rail Alliance, aims to highlight case studies where composites have been successfully specified – both in rail infrastructure and rolling stock – and areas in which there are still challenges and how these can be overcome.


09:30     Registration

10:10     Welcome and Introduction - Andrew Dugmore, Chairman, Composites UK

Event chaired by Lucy Prior, The Rail Alliance

10:15     The Market for Composites in Rail Applications - Charles Haynes, Axillium Research

Composites in Infrastructure

10:40     Springkells Overbridge – A Shallow, High Skew Resin Infused Bridge Deck Replacement - James Henderson, Atkins

11:05     Break

11:35     FRP Coping Stones for Lightweight Improvement to Overbridge Parapets - Suzanne Wood, Construction Composites

12:00     Using Recycled Plastic and FRPs for Sleepers and Transoms - Lee Canning, Jacobs

12:25     Lunch

Composites in Rolling Stock

13:25     Using Composites in Rolling Stock – Opportunities and Challenges - Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Network

13:50     Keeping Weight Reduction On Track – How Fibrous Materials Can be Applied in the Design and Manufacture of Trains - Robert Hodgson, TRB Lightweight Structures, UK

14:15     Break

14:45     Winning Projects with Composites in the Rail Industry - Allen Templeton, Creative Composites

15:10     The Potential of FRP Composites for London Underground Trains - Dr. John Darlington, TenCate

15:35     Close (Optional tour of the National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility – NCCEF)

Why Attend?

This event will have presentations from key industry figures, including specifiers and end-users, highlighting what they are looking for from the composites community. There will also be exhibition displays from companies already supplying into the industry showcasing how they can meet some of these challenges. This event is set to be a key networking date in the industry calendar.

Who Should Attend?

Business Development Managers, Technical Managers, Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, Academics doing research in this area and anyone looking to start to supply into the Rail Industry.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

All exhibition spots are now sold.

Exhibitors: Axson UK, bigHead Bonding Fasteners, Creative Composites, Core6 Composites, ECS Engineering Services, ELG Carbon Fibre, Exel CompositesHexion UK Ltd, Magma Structures, Morgan Advanced Materials, Prea, Rail Alliance, R-Tech Services, Sicut Enterprises, Tufcot Engineering, Wessex Resins

Other sponsorship opportunities are still available - please click here for the full brochure. To book these or to make an enquiry please contact Composites UK.

Delegate Registration

Composites UK Members:    £35.00 + VAT - Log in with your member details and return to this page for this price to show*
Rail Alliance Members:    £45.00 + VAT - Rail Alliance members please contact us for the discount code.
Non-Members:     £55.00 + VAT (or join us to get the member rate)

*Should you need us to set up or reset your member login please contact us. This could take up to 48 hours.

Coinciding Events

This event is held on the following day of our Annual Conference at the same venue - why not combine the two?

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