Ultra-lightweight Structure for LRT: Next Phase Research

The Collaborative Research team led by Principal Investigator (PI) from NCSTT (Dr. Sigit Santosa) is currently working with University of Oxford led by Co-PI Prof. Roger Reed to formulate the Lightweight Structure Application for Railway Car-body System.

OXFORD, (DN),– As the continuation of the previous kick-off meeting on May 2017, NCSTT researcher for the LRT development has held the program coordination meeting with University of Oxford on July 16-28, 2018. This research is supported by Newton Fund under Industry-Academia Partnership Program (IAPP), delivered by Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

This three-year collaborative research is currently reaching the development of crashworthy structure of light-weight steels material. Several knowledge transfer activities such as technical workshop, general lecture, and focus group discussion have been organized. Those activities have resulted in a broad supportive network to the stakeholders, such as the signed contract for the joint research with Indonesian Agency for Research Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).

Future Collaboration Expansion

The future works of this collaborative research focus on the designing of single-type aluminum with the ultra-lightweight structure. This structure will be implemented in Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Bandung, Bandung Metro Capsules, and second phase Jakarta MRT. The high-strength and the ultra-lightweight structure will significantly minimize the maintenance in manufacturing and reduced the cost compared to the conventional structure.

In order to foster the research establishment, the synergy between academia and industrial partnership are required. Thus, the expansion of the alliance will also be the next step of this collaborative research. The visit to University of Cambridge, and Railway Research Center and Education at University of Birmingham have been conducted to initiate the further collaboration. PT. INKA and PT. Indonesia Asahan Aluminium Persero (PT. INALUM Persero) will also be engaged in this research as the industrial partner and research support.

About Newton Fund (Industry-Academia Partnership Program)

The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for five years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review, it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund.

Industry-Academia Partnership Program (IAPP) is one of the four Newton Fund programs categories. This program aims to support partner country universities in improving their engineering education and research output through strengthening industry linkages and leveraging UK expertise. The program is based upon the premise that increased linkages between industry and higher education can improve quality and foster innovation within pedagogy and practice of engineering, in turn enhancing the employability of graduates and encouraging technology transfer into industry.

IAPP Program is granted to eight countries around the world, which is China, India, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Jordan, South Africa and Indonesia. Institut Teknologi Bandung with its expanding collaboration with Indonesia sovereignty has been chosen as the representative from Indonesia to implement this program.***

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