CM2018 Video Archive

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CM2018 Conference Topics

  • 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.

Address: Rotterdamseweg 272, 2628 AT Delft

Click through the image-slider below to get familiar with this unique location and get inspired!


How to get there and where to stay?

Use the map below to navigate.

  • CM2018 Venue (Orange)
  • Delft University of Technology (Blue)
  • Pre-booked Hotels (Red)
  • Delft Central Railway Station (Purple)

Zoom out to see Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Shuttle buses run on conference days from/to:
– Hampshire Hotel
– Shanghai Hotel Holland
– WestCord Hotel
– Delft Central Railway Station

A visa might be required for visiting the Netherlands (Invitation Letter on request).
Information on the City of Delft can be found here.

WestCord Hotel – € 106.50/night
CM2018 reservation number: GF1445

Hampshire Hotel – € 106.00/night
CM2018 reservation number: 55199

Shanghai Hotel Holland – € 104.90/night
CM2018 reservation number: GF739

Campanile Hotel – € 77.90/night
CM2018 reservation number: TUDelft-CiTG

The number of pre-booked rooms differs per hotel.
Availability is limited and cannot be guaranteed.


CM2018 Overview

Please click the image above for a more detailed version of the CM2018 program.

Events around CM2018

Technical Tour
See the Construction Lab, Railway test facilities, Dream Hall and experience the Anechoic and Echo Rooms. Learn about Robotics, newly designed Drones, Swarm Robots and Automated Cars. Visit the Green Village Tour to get to know more about the Sustainable Living, Energy and Transportation.

Registration for the Technical Tour at CM2018 Welcome Reception on Sunday September 23.

Inaugural Ceremony
Dr. Zili Li has been appointed in June 2017 as Professor of Rail Systems and Monitoring of TU Delft.

He will give his inaugural address in the afternoon of Thursday, 27 September, 2018, in the Aula auditorium of TU Delft and CM2018 participants are welcome to attend on Contact Modelling and Contactless Monitoring. This will be followed by a reception.

ICRI Workshop

The International Collaborative Research Initiative (ICRI) on RCF and Wear of Rails and Wheels is an informal collection of academics, consultants, researchers, and engineers working with the international railway industry. Its third annual workshop will be held on Sunday September 23, 2018 in Delft.

There is no registration fee, but you must notify the ICRI coordinator if you intend to join the luncheon. More information can be found on

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Enjoy a Luxurious Banquet on the Water

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Explore the TU Delft Campus during the Technical Tour

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Discover the Historical City Centre of Delft


Anders Ekberg

Chalmers University of Technology


Anders Ekberg

Robert Frohling

Freight Rail

South Africa

Robert Frohling

Irina Goryacheva

Ishlinsky Institute for Problems in Mechanics


Irina Goryacheva

Sebastian Stichel

KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Sebastian Stichel

Plenary Sessions during CM2018

Official Opening
Tim van der Hagen, President of the Board of TU Delft

Special Session in Memory of K.L. Johnson
Presentations by Anders Ekberg and Robert Fröhling
Session Chair: Stuart Grassie

Special Session in Memory of J.J. Kalker
Presentations by Irina Goryacheva and Sebastian Stichel
Session Chair: Zili Li

Schoech Wolfgang

Speno International


Wolfgang Schoech

Richard Stock

LINMAG Rail Milling Services

North Vancouver

Richard Stock

Wanming Zhai

Southwest Jiaotong University


Wanming Zhai

Xuesong Jin

Southwest Jiaotong University


Xuesong Jin

Strategic Rail Reprofiling
Wolfgang Schoech and Richard Stock
Session Chair: Roger Lewis

Wear Problems of High-Speed Wheel/Rail Systems
Wanming Zhai and Xuesong Jin
Session Chair: Roger Lewis

Closing Session
Rolf Dollevoet, Professor of Railway Engineering TU Delft

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Local Committee

  • Zili Li (co-chair)
  • Rolf Dollevoet (co-chair)
  • Joris van Dijk (direction and visual design)
  • Alfredo Nunez (submissions and proceedings)
  • Jacqueline Barnhoorn (secretariat)

External contributions
● Nico Burgelman (topics advisory)
● Hongqin Liang (invitation letters)

International Committee

  • Anders Ekberg (Sweden)
  • David Fletcher (UK)
  • Francis Franklin (UK)
  • Robert Frohling (South Africa)
  • Stuart Grassie (UK) – chair
  • 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 .-
Regular        € 900 .-
Student        € 450 .- (as early bird)
Accompanying Person    € 200 .- (social events only, like banquet and reception)

Full access ticket
Conference registration fee includes a copy of the conference proceedings (in USB Drive), conference bag, admission to all plenary and parallel sessions, welcome reception and technical tour, tea/coffee breaks, daily lunches, CM2018 banquet and unique souvenir.

Student rate as Early Bird (closed)
Participants are eligible for student rate if he/she is a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate student. Students must bring along their Student Identification Card to the conference for verification.

Early registration (closed)
Authors who make their payment before June 30, 2018 will benefit from the Early Bird rate.

No-show and originality policy
At least one of the authors (or representatives) must present the paper at the event, or the paper will be excluded from further distribution. Papers will be randomly selected for plagiarism check. Cancellations after July 31, 2018 will not be refunded.

Bank related fees
Additional costs might apply, depending on payment method.

CM2018 Registration Open


Paper submission, selection and deadlines

–  A full paper consisting of 6 to 10 pages should be submitted for accepted abstracts through the EasyChair system. This paper will be included in the conference proceedings if registration is made for it. For more detailed instructions please see the full paper template.
–  Authors interested in publishing their papers in the Special Issue of Wear, please see the full paper template for more information. Further information will be made available on the conference website at a later stage
–  The official language of the conference is English. All papers are to be written and presented in English.

Poster session
All posters will be on show for all the full length of the Conference. There will be a 5-minutes pitch for each poster. Best posters will be selected and awarded per category. To avoid the difficulties in taking a poster to the Conference, the CM2018 organizer can print your poster free of charge if your ready-to-print poster is submitted by 15 August, 2018. See the template for posters for more information.

Important 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 extended – July 31, 2018
Deadline to submit ready-to-print poster – August 15, 2018

Journal publication
Full papers presented at the conference will be assessed and authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version for possible publication in the special issues of the following three journals after a full review process of the respective journals and depending on the fit of the papers in the scopes of the journals, etc. The submission systems will be open on October 15, 2018 and will be closed on January 15, 2019.

Wear (Elsevier), with guest editors:
– Dr. Mats Berg, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
– Dr. David Fletcher, University of Sheffield, UK.
– Dr. Paul Meehan, University of Queensland, Australia.
– Dr. Alfredo Nunez Vicencio, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
– Dr. Zili Li, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit (IMechE, Sage), with guest editor:
– Dr. Stefano Bruni, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Tribology: Materials, Surface and Interfaces (Taylor & Francis), with guest editor:
– Dr. Roger Lewis, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK



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