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THE Federal Government has pledged at least $31 million to bolster Australia's rail manufacturing industry, and CQUniversity will be a key research provider.
A new rail manufacturing co-operative research centre will draw on CQUniversity's expertise in software and instrumentation used for train condition monitoring, and the regional uni is also well placed to use simulation to test new designs of railway components.
CQUniversity's rail research group was a key partner in the research centre bid and was involved in bid preparation and the final interview.
The university has a 13-year track record in rail co-operative research centres (CRC) involving rail transport companies but, until now, no rail manufacturers have been involved at the CRC level.
CQUni researchers Colin Cole, Peter Wolfs, Maksym Spiryagin, Yan Quan Sun and Professor Ajay Kapoor from Swinburne University teamed up with collaborating partners at Faiveley Transport to enter the bid.
Professor Colin Cole says the new CRC will develop products, technologies and supply chain networks to boost capability and a globally competitive position of the rail industry.
"For a university to participate in the CRC they must have an industry partner and projects will tend to take place in IP-secure zones to protect intellectual property," Professor Cole said.
"Our involvement is in the Design Simulation and Software program. However, we also hope for further opportunity in the Power and Propulsion program with new partners."
This article first appeared on www.gladstoneobserver.com.au
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