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Railway Interiors EXPO 2017 Preliminary Conference Programme

A special feature of Railway Interiors Expo is the free-to-attend Design & Technology Conference which offers an insight into new product and service innovations and case studies. All presentations will be given in English to accommodate the international audience that attends.

Day 1

Tuesday 14 November

Conference Stage 1

Can design encourage positive passenger behaviour?
Paul Priestman, designer and chairman, PriestmanGoode, UK
With many transport networks facing overcapacity in urban and commuter services in particular, Paul Priestman will explore the railway interiors of the future, and look at ways in which design can enhance consumer experience and encourage good passenger behaviour.

Commuter trains standing seats: consideration for persons with reduced mobility
Dr Emmanuel Matsika, research associate, NewRail, Newcastle University, UK
Commuter trains are useful in addressing urban mobility problems. This presentation examines how standing seats can be a solution – a compromise between the comfort of sitting and increasing the seating capacity. Standing seats may result in capacity increase of over 50%, but it is also imperative to consider other legal requirements that may be a limiting factor. Considered, therefore, is the effect that allowing for wheelchair seating space – a legal requirement – has on the increase in train seating capacity (and potential revenue) through installation of standing seats.

AeroLiner3000 – the capacity booster for British railways
Andreas Vogler, Dipl. ARCH ETH, BDA, Director, Andreas Vogler, GERMANY
A train that looks as if the future has already begun: with aerodynamics, elegance and efficiency, the AeroLiner3000 may delight passengers in the UK in a few years' time. AeroLiner3000 could be the first double-deck train for the existing British loading gauge. The reduced space has been carefully designed and offers the elegance of a business jet. A 9m-long full-scale demonstrator has been built with train-certified materials and companies well established in the train market. The demonstrator also introduced OLED technology to the train world. The Andreas Vogler Studio architectural and design practice designed and developed the double-deck high-speed train in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center eV (DLR). Pioneering design, innovative lightweight construction, interactive control systems and revolutionary engineering make a unique combination for the AeroLiner3000, which could also inspire other train interiors.

Passenger-friendly and operationally efficient rail vehicle interiors
Dr Bernhard Rüger, researcher, Vienna University of Technology, AUSTRIA
In order to be competitive as a railway, operating efficiency counts as an imperative. In the context of railway carriage interior planning, this is often made subordinate to other substantial aspects such as expediency. This leads in practice to the opposite wished-for result. Misunderstood operating efficiency concepts such as a maximal utilisation of space for seating can in reality lead to a decline in operating efficiency, operational problems and serious safety risks. The presentation points out mistakes made when designing rail vehicle interiors, show the effects and stress how to improve.

Re-energising the Enterprise fleet
James Alton, head of industrial design, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit, UK
The presentation will give an overview of the Translink/Irish Railways-operated cross-border Enterprise fleet refurbishment design.

OLED – a new technology for integrated lighting and signage
Dr Christian May, division director, Fraunhofer FEP, GERMANY
OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology enables new application scenarios for lighting. A unique advantage of organic thin film devices is that they can be applied on flexible substrates. This enables integration into, for example, lightweight structures, conformable surfaces, and so on. It also makes curved and transparent lighting systems possible. The first OLED lighting products have already entered the market based on rigid glass substrates. This paper gives an overview of the state of the art as well as roadmaps for OLED lighting and signage. A special focus lies on the opportunities using flexible substrates for OLED.

*This program may be subject to change

Day 2

Wednesday 15 November

Railcar interior design - concepts, case studies and innovation
Conference Stage 1

EN 45545 – floating floor and HVAC noise decoupling systems
Stephanie Noll, application engineer, Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH, AUSTRIA
The development of trains has been heading in the same direction for several years. Everyone wants to be faster and more comfortable going from one place to another. Additionally, train travel should be good for the environment, cheap and capable of transporting lots of people. People like to use their travelling time efficiently for other things without being disturbed by noise. To drive quickly but silently is a challenge for train manufacturers. We will present solutions to make the passenger cabin quieter. This could involve decoupling structure-borne noise with a floating floor system and bearings of the HVAC system.

Transformation not disruption – creating tomorrow’s passenger experiences
Matt Round, chief creative officer, Tangerine, UK
The presentation will explain how to unlock innovation through a designer’s insight into the human behaviour of today, to create future experiences that meet the unmet desires of tomorrow. With almost three decades’ experience creating paradigm-shifting products, services and experiences for global brands such as British Airways, Heathrow Express and Toyota, Matt provides a thoughtful snapshot of how design can create transport solutions with exceptional customer experiences that meet the unimagined future needs of passengers and providers.

Renovation of coaches from La Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits
Kristof J Blomme, CEO, Ostende Vienne Orient Experience, BELGIUM
OVOE's mission is to offer an experience inspired by the journeys of wealthy, stylish travellers in the 1930s, on board the express trains of La Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL). Therefore, several of the original coaches were bought, renovated and finally given the necessary revisions to get them back on track in Europe. Several difficulties arose during the renovation, including stability of the coach, revision of the original bogies, interior reconstruction, adaptation to modern standards (air-con, kitchen, etc.) and safety on board.

How ensure good design to attract passengers in Scandinavia
Johan Larsvall, industrial designer/CEO, Idesign Sweden AB, SWEDEN
The Nordic countries have a strong focus on design for passengers. Idesign works with passengers' preferences for different design: how to achieve seamless travel, a comfortable seat, nice lighting to match the dark winter period. The use of public transportation has to be doubled until 2020, which requires attracting more passengers – design is one way to reach this goal. The presentation will talk about how the design process can be used to get answers from passengers about their preferences for different designs, in order to make relevant decisions. This can be done through images and full-scale models.

Born from knowledge: R&D design-driven innovation approach
José Rui Marcelino, CEO, Almadesign LDA, PORTUGAL
A collaborative innovation strategy can prove to be a competitive asset in lifting SME suppliers within the railway industry. Activating academic and industrial clusters through R&D initiatives has added significant assets and expanded the skill set and know-how of all partners involved. Furthermore, knowledge-driven collaborations help institute protocols that become the foundation for commercially driven exchange and vitalisation of the cluster itself. The Portuguese railway industry has benefited from a series of collaborations, including the INTRAIN, I-SEAT and MODSEAT projects, instrumental in the refurbishment of the Portuguese high-speed train CP Alfa Pendular by Almadesign and EMEF.

Measuring robotic to test the quality of railway interior
Günther Battenberg, managing director, Battenberg Robotic GmbH & Co KG, GERMANY
Battenberg measuring robotics test the cockpit, seats and doors of locomotives and passenger wagons. Like human passengers, Battenberg measuring robotics press keys, move sliders, close and open doors or move dummies over the seats to test the quality of the railway interior. Teaching Battenberg robotics the test procedures is easy and is further aided by integrated CAD or 3D data of the measuring objects. Battenberg robotics are measuring, analysing and reporting while they are performing human passengers' finger movements.

Integrated development – the power of cooperation
Daniel Huber, managing partner strategic design, Spirit Design – Innovation and Brand GmbH, AUSTRIA
Trains are highly complex systems consisting of many individual modules. Especially for the interior, the challenge is to combine and merge these separate modules, which are created by different developers and producers, into one overall concept. This is often difficult to achieve due to a lack of coordination among the stakeholders. Therefore, the the question is: how do we convince different stakeholders to develop their ideas and concepts into holistic system-innovations, which generate USPs? Daniel Huber presents solutions that will lead to integrative system innovations by bringing together all stakeholders at an early stage, bundling innovation processes and using design-thinking methods.

Unlocking the door to European grant funding
Graham Gibbons, business development, GH Associates UK, UK
A grant from the EU can be used to undertake innovation, research and product development. The trick is identifying the right grant to apply for, and submitting your bid in the right way. There is plenty of grant money out there for businesses that are prepared to invest a little time and effort in securing it. The presentation will provide some basic stats about grant funding and explain how to avoid the traps.

*This program may be subject to change


Day 1

Tuesday 14 November

Security, safety and connectivity
Conference Stage 2

January 2018: transition period over – mandatory use of EN 45545
Beth Dean, technical leader, Exova Warringtonfire, UK
Materials used on European trains must have compliant fire performance. From 1 January 2018, traditional national specifications can no longer be used to demonstrate compliant fire performance. All materials must be tested against EN 45545-2. Furthermore, 2017 has seen significant CEN committee activity on the revision of EN 45545-2. The new seat and toxicity test methods have been voted on. Information will be provided on how and when (hopefully by the end of 2017) the new test methods will be introduced, plus what other changes you can expect to EN 45545-2 in the near future (with estimated dates).

Karyn Wallaert, business development manager, Devan Chemicals, BELGIUM
Evolution in public transport and transformation in the way we travel are making fire prevention in trains, buses and airplanes a huge challenge. Accidents, electrical shorts and overheating can lead to fire. Rapid evacuation may not occur, leaving occupants trapped in enclosed areas filled with toxic smoke. New flame retardant standards for public transport (for example EN 45545/2 for trains and UNECE R118 for buses)were defined to increase escape time by delaying combustion. The goal is slower ignition and less dense and toxic smoke. This requires new chemistry, and that’s exactly what we at Devan are aiming for.

High-performing passengers, and rethinking boarding and alighting
David Watts, managing director, CCD Design & Ergonomics, UK
CCD developed the passenger experience strategy for High Speed 2. As part of the strategy we defined core service principles, and one of those was the concept of high-performing passengers. In a complex system like HS2, how can we use different design interventions to help passengers to help themselves? The key is understanding different human behaviours in context. CCD conducted applied research into how steps up into the train influence boarding and alighting times, how mobile passengers might be in the future and how this could influence our view on vertical circulation in the station.

Use of technical specification to complete EN 45545-2 at SNCF
Thierry Dupré, fire safety expert, SNCF, FRANCE
Guillaume Craveur, fire safety engineer, SNCF - Direction du Matériel, FRANCE
Since the publication of EN 45545-2 in April 2013, this standard can be used to define requirements for fire behaviour of materials and components. Just after its publication, this standard was divided into four parts for revision: Task Force Seats, Task Force Toxicity, Task Force Fire Containment and Control System and Task Force part 2 to 7. Due to the time taken to publish these documents, SNCF and RATP decided to write their own document, which enables a satisfactory level of security to be achieved for passengers as described in EN 45545-1.

Safety in and around the railcar: a multi-faceted manufacturer’s challenge
Axel Hollstamm, key account manager, Southco Manufacturing Ltd, UK
Safety in and around the railcar has many facets: it involves systems that ensure effective maintenance operations for the flawless functioning of the railcar, it refers to regulations addressing emergency situations, and it deals with hazards and threats arising from anti-social behaviour such as vandalism or theft. Manufacturers supplying equipment and components for railcars are increasingly challenged to offer products that comply with safety regulations and provide solutions for addressing these manifold safety and security concerns. Using the example of Southco’s mechanical and electromechanical latching solutions, the presentation demonstrates how a mindful choice of access hardware can enhance safety around the railcar.

Air-baggage drop-off during train ride to the airport
Dr Bernhard Rüger, researcher, Vienna University of Technology, AUSTRIA
Due to ecological and economical reasons there are numerous cooperations between airlines and railways, especially in replacing short-distance feeder flights with trains. However, these cooperations are not in a position to tap the full passenger potential because they are in many cases not sufficiently attractive. The TerminalOnRail research project analysed possibilities to bring usual activities from the airport terminal – especially baggage drop-off – into the train to attract the train trip to the airport by saving travel time. The presentation will give an overview of passenger needs regarding baggage drop-off and first design studies.

Exploring the future of sustainable seating materials
Alex Bennett, business unit director, E-Leather, UK
This presentation will discuss the pros and cons of current seating materials for rail, looking in detail at the sustainability angle and how innovative new materials can offer broader capability to operators for advanced seating design and potential smart technology features.

SmartTray PED tray tables: enhancing the passenger experience
Jay Esty, chief operating officer, SmartTray Rail and Bus, USA
Travel needs have changed. Virtually everyone carries at least one personal electronic device (PED). With today’s live streaming and wi-fi service, we are encouraging travel customers to use their own PEDs to enjoy music, movies and surfing the web. Food trays have been a place to rest a beverage and/or food but no real safe place for our PEDs. SmartTray answers this need. The presentation will show how the trays are ergonomic, and explain the optimal viewing angles for passengers' eyes to help with fatigue and overexertion of the eye muscles and supporting structures.

*This program may be subject to change

Day 2

Wednesday 15 November

Materials and composites - lightweight and sustainable innovation
Conference Stage 2

Total solutions for making EN 45545 composites: HL, injection, infusion
Paul Wartenweiler, BU manager composites, Walter Mäder AG, Composites, SWITZERLAND
Mäder is the only manufacturer that provides coatings, gel coat resins and processing technologies for making composites that meet the EN 45545 requirements. The Mäder Total EN Solutions system passes the important constant climate tests (humidity resistance). The presentation will introduce complete systems for HL, injection and infusion, with various references.

Innovative floor system with high sound reduction and heating
Klemens Wesolowski, managing director, Metawell GmbH, GERMANY
The presentation will discuss the comfort provided by an innovative floor heating system with high sound reduction. This will include functionality, technical background and benefits.

Thermal and acoustic isolation through easy-to-assemble light panels
David Cnockaert, head of engineering and project management, Groupe Stratiforme-Compreforme, FRANCE
Isolaform is an innovative concept of composite sandwich panels made of FRP and additional materials. It includes many functions in one single panel: thermal isolation, fire stop and acoustic isolation. Its advantages are: all functions are kept in one complex, lightweight, robust, plug-and-play panel, with easy assembly and disassembly (reduction of assembly time by a factor of 10 for our customer) and adaptable to various shapes. Potential applications are: isolation for ceilings, floors or walls of machine rooms, any electrical cabinets, electrical equipment, rooms with complex assembly access or confined space, rooms with complex shape (curves, planes, etc.).

Developments of PET MC multicore sandwich solution
Stefan Reuterlöv, technical manager, Armacell, SWEDEN
By using layered core material with different densities, properties can be improved when it comes to impact and point load resistance. With the thermoplastic welding process already in use for PET core, you can economically and safely make 'bonding' without the grooves/perforations and adhesive normally required, and achieving a uniform, well-controlled bond line every time. This opens up several new possible applications for layered multi-density core materials in trains. Testing has been performed to quantify the advantages of having a multicore solution in comparison with uniform-density sandwich for impact resistance, point load resistance and screw retention.

Seams in the time of Industry 4.0
Andreas Korz, business development, Juki Central Europe, POLAND
The presentation focuses on production process control and documentation about the complete sewing operation of seat covers and related items such as seatbelts, pockets and head rests. The presentation is about systems and solutions in creating and documenting safety-relevant seams such as seatbelt seams or airbag seams. Within the presentation, new technologies such as seam sealing and ultrasonic welding are described by their working principles, and applications are shown. New digital sewing machines and solutions offer a wider range of cost-efficient production and reproducible manufacturing.

Touchless toilet on board
Han Phan, vice managing director, Petech Corporation, VIETNAM
Touchless toilet on board was invented by Petech's chief engineer, with grinder pump technology. This grinder pump is clog-proof. This toilet is also touchless and durable, and cleans itself.

Multifunctional modular train floors – project COMMUTE
Antonio Coelho, R&D director, MCG Mind For Metal, PORTUGAL
COMMUTE’s main objective is to develop a new flooring system concept used in mass transportation mainly intended for intercity, regional and high-speed, where comfort is of great importance due to average trip duration. COMMUTE adopts a modular design to reduce the flooring LCC. The design of larger floor panels and click systems allows less time for car assembly, and introduces embedded multifunctional features such as radiant heating and smart energy management. This sets the baseline for additional functional developments in intelligent floor panels to be used in the next generation of trains (embedded safety lights, low-voltage network, smart data collection).

'Bonded buildups' improve strength-to-weight ratios of thermoplastic components
Rich Cort, business manager - mass transit, Sekisui SPI, USA
Designers and specifiers are using thermoplastic components in rail interior designs more frequently because of their unique ability to improve passenger experience. Thermoplastics provide virtually unlimited design possibilities because of their integral colour, texture and pattern. Because of the excellent formability of thermoplastics, designers can incorporate parts with complex geometries and gauge down for weight savings over traditional materials such as fibreglass and metal. Occasionally thermoplastic components require reinforcement to provide more structural support. This hands-on presentation will explain a sampling of innovative ‘bonded buildup’ techniques that improve strength while decreasing weight.

Manufacturing of EN545545-2-HL3-compliant composites parts with phenolic resins
Pat Colclough, business manager north Europe and composites, Hexion UK, UK
Component manufacturers must specifically design to meet EN 45545-2 requirements. Hexion’s CELLOBOND phenolic resins enable composite parts that meet HL3 requirements without added FR fillers or intumescent gel coats. These resins, when used with suitable PHENCAT catalysts, can be processed in all standard production processes and are also a practical, cost-effective solution to the HL2 standard. To meet the latest safe use and handling concerns, Hexion has developed CELLOBOND ULEF resins, which contain less than 0.1% free formaldehyde to further reduce formaldehyde emissions during composite production without compromising processability or decades of proven fire safety performance.

*This program may be subject to change


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