BEML, the PSU firm well-known for manufacturing coaches for the Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur metros has approached IIT-Kharagpur for help, the only IIT with a railway research centre.
With Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative underway, the move will further boost up the process of indigenization and will also ease dependence on imported parts.
BEML has approached the...Centre with issues that involve both high speed trains and metro trains.
IIT-Kharagpur has also developed latest coaches for both categories of trains, which will now be modified according to BEML specifications.
The wing has been set up by the Indian Railways to help develop R&D for next generation passenger and freight trains.
BEML also manufactures high-speed trains and control systems.
The centre is a conglomeration of eight departments of the institute with at least 100 faculty members working together to provide solutions to problems faced by the Indian Railways.
The centre has already made a technology to improve the speed of trains from the existing maximum of 130 kmph to 200 kmph.
Thus far, coaches had to be imported from Korea and China for both high speed and metro trains.
"It is not bogeys alone, in case of metro trains, which run at 80kmph, we are looking at a series of changes like lighter material to build new age train cars, better seating, reduced jerking and, most importantly, advanced train control systems. Since IIT-Kgp has already made quantifiable progress in this direction, we wanted to collaborate with it. Many changes are in the offing following international standards that we aspire to follow," Times of India quoted Amit Banerjee, the chief of R&D at BEML in Bangalore as saying.
The IIT-Kharagpur team for this project has been led by Suvranshu Roy, a senior faculty member.
"Our research has already led us to over 200kmph and we are aiming for 250kmph next. The research collaboration with BEML is two-pronged. While we have progressed on high speed bogeys and systems, we are also trying to give up the stainless steel body of the Metro cars and develop a much lighter aluminium alloy," Roy added.BEML, a Miniratna-Category-1 PSU was established in May 1964 as a PSU for manufacture of rail coaches & spare parts and mining equipment at its Bangalore Complex. BEML plays a pivotal role and serves India’s core sectors like defence, rail, power, mining and infrastructure. The PSU operates under three major business verticals namely mining & construction, defence and rail & metro. The PSU has nine manufacturing units spread over country.