High speed trains need different kinds of tracks. The Ministry of Steel has mandated IIT Kanpur to develop steels for tracks, wheels, axles, elastic clips etc. The need of the hour is to look at these issues on “emergency basis” the Ministry has said.
The research is for the development of multi-phase containing bainite, ferrite, pearlite, retained austenite and martensite in different combination, and nano-pearlitic steels possessing number of desired mechanical properties for high speed train tracks as well as elastic rail clips with desired strength, fracture toughness with adequate corrosion and wear resistance to meet the harsh Indian weather.
In addition, the design aspects of the rail clips will be looked at to suit to the higher load bearing capacity of the track.