Flashback to the 16th RWTH Alumni Get Together in Munich

25/03/2014

At the beginning of March 45 RWTH alumni from around and in Munich met together there to visit Knorr-Bremse, a leading manufacturer in break stystems for rail and utility vehicles.

 

After a quick and comprehensive introduction to the company and its worldwide activities, the tour continued to the Knorr-Bremse Forum. We were guided through a highly modern exhibition about Knorr from its founding to today including pictures and brakes for rail and personal vehicles.

Safety is most important when it comes to brakes and Knorr values this greatly. The breaking distance of a personal vehicle is 25 meters, and 550 meters for a train. Rail vehicles in Japan are equipped with normal brakes, emergency brakes, and earthquake breaking systems. Brakes and materials are subject to extreme demands, and those don't just include surrounding temperatures of negative 60 to 70 degrees above zero Celsius, at which steel can become soft or brittle but utmost safety is still ensured.

The tour continued to the assembing of brake steering, the assembly of compressed air production, to the large test bench of homologation for Russia, and the friction test facilities.

At a casual get-together at Restaurant Belmondo following the tour, there was enthusiastic discussion and exchanges over Italian food till late into the night.

Eva Beldiman (Haus der Technik e.V. , Munich branch)