Photo of representatives from CRCC Haitai and Loughborough University

From L-R: Liu Yuanqing, Chu Yongping, Houzheng Wu, Gary Gage, Zhou Rui, Yang Jun, Qiao Qingfeng and Ge Jibing

Loughborough University’s Department of Materials partner with world’s largest railway rolling-stock manufacturer

Senior executives from CRRC-Haitai in China visited Loughborough University’s Department of Materials earlier this month to establish a joint research programme focused on brake systems for high-speed trains.

The research partnership aims to improve the performance of materials for performance brake applications which will be more effective, durable and lighter.

Dr Houzheng Wu will be the lead representative for the University in this new endeavour, and the team at Loughborough will work directly with Haitai - a subsidiary of CRRC - who are the leading brake system supplier for high-speed trains in China.

During their visit, the executives met with academics from the Dynamics and Control Systems Research Groups and toured facilities to explore opportunities for collaborations, including the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre and the Advanced Friction Materials Laboratory.

Mr Rui Zhou, the General Manager from Haitai said: “We have been very impressed by the research expertise and understanding about advanced composites at the Department of Materials, and we are excited about this new joint activity to research and develop materials for friction brakes that will be used in the rail industry.”

Professor Gary Page, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, added: “We are delighted to be working with CRRC-Haitai. This initiative is an excellent example of the way that Loughborough University works with world-leading industrial partners to carry out fundamental research with significant technological development potential and for application, in this case, across the rail sector.”

Talks are now underway to establish a CRRC-Haitai Loughborough University Advanced Friction Material Research and Development Centre, with the aspiration confirmed at a programme opening ceremony when a plaque was unveiled within the School to mark the start of this important new relationship.