Forthcoming Conferences and Workshops

TRA 2014

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Paris 14-17 April 2014

TRA (Transport Research Arena) is the major conference on transport in Europe, supported by the European Commission, the Conference of European Road Directors, and the three European Technology Platforms: the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), and the WATERBORNE TP.

The conference topics address the main challenges in transport and mobility of people and goods, with respect to energy, environment, safety and security and economy issues. TRA aims to explore the most advanced research works and innovations, the latest technological and industrial developments and implementations, and innovative policies, in Europe and worldwide. As a wide and open forum open to all interested parties, it is a unique occasion to promote and improve European competitiveness and efficiency in transportation.

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Lecture at IMechE

London 28 April 2014

Prof. Mark Robinson and Dr. George Kotsikos will give a lecture entitled “Materials for modern rail vehicle construction” at IMechE on 28 April at IMechE headquarters in London. 

The requirements of new materials for rail vehicle construction are strength, durability and light weighting. The certification of these materials and structures requires predictable and repeatable energy absorption in order to satisfy crash-worthiness standards.

This lecture will focus on the use of lightweight materials such as fibre‑reinforced polymer composites and aluminium. The design process will be described from conceptual design to detailed CAD modelling and examples will be provided of the dynamic and static analysis of the structures of these materials. The way forward for lightweight rail vehicle designs is the challenge of using “hybrid” structures that consist of two or more dissimilar materials, creating greater efficiency in structural design. An overview of this new approach will also be covered in detail.

The lecture is free but places need to be booked at:


Smart Urban Freight Workshop


Newcastle, 12 June 2014

The Smartfusion project, in cooperation with other European initiatives on Urban Freight Transport, is organising the "Smart Urban Freight" conference on 12 June 2014, in Newcastle.  There will be a series of micro-lectures, plus several relevant projects will be invited to give poster sessions, based around the following topics:

  • Urban Logistics & Transport Operators
  • Policy Initiatives & Business Models
  • Low Emission Vehicle Technologies
  • Urban Logistics as a commercial opportunity

Collaborating projects are: BESTFACT, Frevue, Deliver, Straightsol and Smartset

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