Thursday, October 3, 2013

India - Railways - Corrosion Control efforts - ICF Steel beauty goes to Mumbai - Country’s first stainless steel Electric Multiple Unit coaches, designed and manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF)


Stainless steel minimise corrosion maintenance. Integral Coach Factory  will completely switchover to stainless steel coaches in four years.



Country’s first stainless steel Electric Multiple Unit coaches, designed and manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) for  Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), was flagged off from the ICF, here on Tuesday.

The first prototype of 12-car rake that was flagged off on Tuesday was manufactured under the phase two of MUTP. ICF bids to supply a total of 72 car rakes to Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MVRC), which is executing the Rs 3,000 crore project.

The stainless steel EMUs have been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory  operates on alternate current traction using the state-of-the-art IGBT technology based on three-phase propulsion system. The first of its kind technology in the country is supplied by German-based Bombardier Transportation.

According to officials, the stainless steel coaches having straight sidewall design, developed on Linke Hoffman Busch (LHB) platform, as against the regular bell-shaped coaches in India would make trains run faster.

The coaches are more spacious and have force air ventilation system mounted on roofs to avoid entry of water. The coaches have wider windows, improved interiors, better aerodynamics, rugged user-friendly locks and latches which are eco-friendly, thereby reducing consumption of carbon and fossil fuels and emissions, the officials added.

The EMUs made using IGBT technology are 30 per cent more energy efficient than normal EMUs, including those supplied under Phase-I of the project. These units would help Mumbai suburban services save around `100 crore per year.

Rakesh Saksena, chairman and managing director of MRVC, said, “Around 7.5 million commuters use suburban trains everyday in Mumbai. Phase-I has already brought down overcrowding to an extent and phase-II would further reduce it.”

According to Pankaj Kumar, chief mechanical engineer, “Stainless steel minimise corrosion maintenance. Integral Coach Factory  will completely switchover to stainless steel coaches in four years. The second prototype rake would be ready before the end of October.”

Article Source: http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/ICF-Steel-beauty-goes-to-Mumbai/2013/10/02/article1814339.ece
Publication Date: 03 October 2013

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