The Channel Tunnel is the most heavily used railway line in Europe, with annual traffic of more than 100 million tons, which causes rapid degradation of the rails both in the tunnel and in the terminal loops. Studies initiated by Corus with its bainitic and MHH extra-hard heat-treated rails are aimed at increasing their life by 50%.
Maple, the world leading mathematics software was used by Electricité de France (EDF)’s National Centre of Nuclear Equipment (CNEN) to develop, validate and research a predictive maintenance software program. Maple is developed by Maplesoft, a provider of high performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics. The EDF software, called BRT-CICERO, is used in the development of inspection programmes for pipe networks in the engine rooms of French nuclear power plants.
ROTALINK employed Maple, the symbolic mathematics software for engineering applications from Canadian developer Maplesoft, to simulate and design a new product for its AC miniature motor range. It contributes to reducing time-to-market and development costs of the product.
Could a company specialised in mechanical transmission components be happy with the emergence of low cost countries? This is the case for REDEX-ANDANTEX, which has been able to build successfully on a family shareholder base for several generations, by putting innovation and quality to the fore, and by opening up to international markets at a very early stage in its history; all these key factors of success are usually attributed to the industrial companies on the German side of the Rhine.
As an alternative to concrete structures, Corus Rail now offers a full range of steel modular platforms – a fast and inexpensive way to extend existing platforms, or create new ones, without any significant traffic interruption. The commissioning of 17 platforms for the West Cost Main Line in the UK marks the beginning of European commercial development.