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REFRESCO Final conference successfully held on 21 January in Brussels

The REFRESCO final conference, jointly organised by UNIFE and Talgo, was held at the Solvay Library in Brussels on 21 January. The purpose of the final conference was to disseminate the project results as well as to discuss the project outcomes with experts from the rail sector, the aeronautics sector, academia and standardisation bodies. The workshop covered topics such as strength, crash and fire resistance, noise and vibration performance, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and maintainability of the composite materials. The project partners discussed best practices, how maintenance could be done and how to deal with damage. The event was an opportunity to carry out a final transfer of the REFRESCO findings and showcase the outputs of the eight different Work Packages. The event gathered 50 participants mainly coming from the European rail community and the aeronautical sector.

The event started with a presentation by Mr. William Bird, Programme Officer from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Mr. Bird explained that the results of this project will be valuable for the research that will be carried out within Shift2Rail.

REFRESCO Technical Leader, Juan Manuel Ramirez, explained that the conclusions and results of the project are being consolidated into a technical recommendation for standardization which will be transferred to European standardization bodies.

The remainder of the day was dedicated to the presentations and discussions of the main achievements and findings. The conference covered topics such as resistance, strength, crash, fire resistance, noise and vibration performance, electromagnetic compatibility, health management and reparability of composite materials.

The event finished with a panel discussion led by a group of independent experts in the field. The panel discussion brought up many questions and thoughts about the work carried out and about the future of composite carbodies in trains.