Connecting Science and Practice Towards Future Rail-Wheel Interaction

The 11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems (CM 2018) will be organized by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), in The Netherlands, September 24-27, 2018. The theme of the conference is Connecting Science and Practice Towards Future Rail-Wheel Interaction.

The ever increasing demands for higher speed, capacity, efficiency and safety of railway systems impose increasing demands on the small contact patch of wheel and rail in terms of bearing capability, reliability and durability. Railways are increasingly demanding better and predictive performance from the train-track systems which are affected by rail-wheel contact. These can only be achieved through an improved understanding of the behaviour and mechanisms of rail-wheel contact by fundamental scientific research and innovative engineering, operation and maintenance.

10 previous editions

The CM-conference series has a rich international history and has been hosted all around the world. Academic researchers and leading professionals from the industry have been exchanging thoughts and presenting new innovations for over 35 years. This three-yearly event commenced in Vancouver, Canada in 1982 and has since then been held in Kingston, Rhode Island, USA (1986); Cambridge, UK (1990); Vancouver, Canada (1994); Tokyo, Japan (2000); Gothenburg, Sweden (2003); Brisbane, Australia (2006); Florence, Italy (2009); Chengdu, China (2012) and Colorado Springs, USA (2015).

In September 2018 we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands!

Share, interact and explore

CM2018 is a scientific event with the aim to stimulate collaboration between scientists, engineers and consultants, as well as railway operators and maintainers, and manufacturers of rail, wheel and equipment, who are active in the area of rail-wheel contact, including contact mechanics and interface problems, vehicle/track interaction, noise, etc.

This is an opportunity to align the requirements of, and demands on rail-wheel interaction by users and suppliers. It will be a productive and informative mix of contributions from academics and researchers who are exploring fundamentals of contact mechanics, and from practitioners who are reporting or seeking solutions to practical problems of contact mechanics in their railway systems.


  • Contact mechanics of rail-wheel systems
  • Friction and adhesion at rail-wheel interface
  • Influence of vehicle/track interaction on rail-wheel contact behaviour and damage
  • Damage of rails and wheels
  • Metallurgy and material behaviour of rails and wheels at macro and micro scales
  • Development, application and in-service performance of rail and wheel materials
  • Management of rail-wheel interface, grinding, milling, reprofiling, friction modification, etc.
  • Vibration and noise related to rail-wheel contact
  • Mutual influence between environmental aspects and rail-wheel contact
  • Physical and virtual measurement of rail-wheel contact
  • Condition monitoring and diagnostics in relation to rail-wheel contact
  • Rail-wheel contact related problems from service: case studies and possible solutions
K.L. Johnson

K.L. Johnson

J.J. Kalker

J.J. Kalker

Special sessions

Two special sessions will be organised in memory of Professor K.L. Johnson and Professor J.J. Kalker. Keynote speakers will be sought in the field.


Lijm en Cultuur Monumental Site

CM2018 will be held at the monumental site Lijm & Cultuur, the former gelatine factory of Delft. This industrial complex is used today for cultural festivals and activities, but in this case it will be the location for the 11th edition of Contact Mechanics. The historical buildings still have their original facades, creating an unique atmosphere right along the water front and right next to the TU Delft campus.

More information and imagery on this unique location will be added soon.

Monumental, Industrial and Inspiring


Details to be announced later

Sunday September 23 – Welcome reception
Monday September 24 – Conference day 1
Tuesday September 25 – Conference day 2
Wednesday September 26 – Conference day 3
Thursday September 27 – Technical tour

During conference days: keynotes, paper presentations (oral and poster) and two special sessions in memory of K.L. Johnson and J.J. Kalker.

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Local Committee

  • Zili Li (co-chair)
  • Rolf Dollevoet (co-chair)
  • Joris van Dijk (program manager / visual design)
  • Alfredo Nunez Vicencio
  • Maha Messaadi
  • Nico Burgelman
  • Jacqueline Barnhoorn (secretary)

International Committee

  • Anders Ekberg (Sweden)
  • David Fletcher (UK)
  • Francis Franklin (UK)
  • Robert Frohling (South Africa)
  • Stuart Grassie (UK)
  • Chris Hardwick (UK)
  • Rene Heyder (Germany)
  • Makoto Ishida (Japan)
  • Roger Lewis (UK)
  • Zili Li (Netherlands)
  • Paul Meehan (Australia)
  • Klaus Six (Austria)
  • Richard Stock (Canada)
  • Harry Tournay (USA)
  • Edwin Vollebregt (Netherlands)
  • Wenyi Yan (Australia)
  • Xin Zhao (China)


Conference Fees

Early Bird   € 780 ,-
Student      € 450 ,- (as early bird)
Regular      € 900 ,-

Registration starts March 31, 2018

Early bird starts March 31, 2018


Submission and selection of papers will be made according to the following procedure:

  1. An abstract of approximately 1000 words should be submitted through
  2. The papers to be presented at the conference will be selected through a review process based on the abstract.
  3. A full paper consisting of 6 to 10 pages should be submitted for accepted abstracts through the conference website. Upon acceptance, this paper will be included in the conference preprints. Detailed instructions will be given later.
  4. Authors interested in publishing their papers in a Special Issue of an International Journal will find information about the journal on the conference website at a later stage.
  5. The official language of the conference is English. All papers are to be written and presented in English.

Submission dates
Abstract submission open – September 1, 2017
Final deadline for abstract submission – January 20, 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance – March 19, 2018
Final paper submission – July 1, 2018

Poster session
There will be a poster exhibition held in conjunction with the conference. After abstract submission a selection will be made by the international committee. Additional information will be communicated later.


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