ADVANCED ADHESION IMPROVER

  • Improves wheel/rail adhesion live tests show improvements of 8%.
  • Reduces wheel wear and the associated high costs.
  • Uses all existing sand boxes and delivery equipment avoiding any unnecessary installation costs. Lighter weight and lower abrasion extend equipment operating life.
  • Product flow 2kg/minute constant at high water content whereas sand totally blocks equipment.
  • Reduces corrosion by absorbing all rail moisture.
  • Does not represent a threat to human health and safety or biodiversity.
  • Product shelf life greater than 10 years.
  • Same cost as sand.
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Wet Rail Phenomenon

Poor adhesion conditions caused when low levels of moisture are present at the wheel / rail interface. These conditions are associated with dew on the rail-head, very light rain, misty conditions, and the transition between dry and wet rails at the onset of rain. They are not necessarily associated with the additional presence of other (non-water) railhead contaminants. These conditions are not associated with continuous rain.


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Rail-Traction Adhesion Improver

The most effective way to mitigate 'Wet Rail Phenomenon' is the use of properly functioning, on-board sanders. Traditionally traction sand is a composite material of sand and aluminum is commonly used in on-board sanding systems, Rail-Traction is a specially formulated Rail Adhesion Aggregate that that has been proven by independent testing in conjunction with Network Rail and SWR to be upto 28% more effective in adhesion improvement compared to traditional traction sand. Rail-Traction has been tested both online and off line and can be utilised with existing sanding systems as a direct replacement for traditional traction sand and meets the specified flow requirements at levels of moisture of upto 10%.

Adhesion Level Typically Description
High >15% Clean rails wet or dry
Medium 10% - 15% Damp rails with some contamination
Low 5-9% Typical autumn mornings due to dew / dampness often combined with light overnight rust
Exceptionally low <5% Typical autumn mornings due to dew / dampness often combined with light overnight rust
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