Copper in the Rail Industry
The high mechanical and electrical characteristics of Copper are used in many places within the rail industry including console parts, support for carbon contacts, pantograph or electrical contacts. Copper has proven an excellent resistance to vibration and shock whilst performing for decades in an outdoor environment.
Aluminium In the Rail Industry
Just as for comparable industries, such as aerospace and automotive, Aluminium offers a number of clear benefits that have made it popular in the railway industry. Aluminium is pervasive in both freight and passenger trains. For the former, the low weight of Aluminium allows for larger items to be shipped. The versatility of Aluminium has also allowed train manufacturers to meet the latest demands of the industry. Many trains are designed to be tilting, which allows them to lean into curves, allowing higher speeds.
Advantages of Aluminium:
- High strength to weight ratio
- Corrosion resistance
- High formability
- Aesthetically pleasing
Commonly used Aluminium alloys in the rail sector:
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