ALLEVIATE® traction enhancing material combats seasonal and all year round adhesion issues, including leaf fall and wet rail phenomenon.
ALLEVIATE® has been scientifically formulated in partnership with The University of Sheffield, developed for use in both the L.B. Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Traction Gel Applicator and other systems such as Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs).
The formulation of ALLEVIATE® is supported by extensive analysis at all stages of the development project, including field trials, laboratory study and performance testing on the SUROS twin disk machine at the University of Sheffield.
In the autumn, loss of traction results from seasonal leaf fall with leaves covering the running rails, creating a slippery surface. Throughout the year there are certain areas of the track where traction is an issue; for example, due to wet rail phenomenon or where vehicles have to travel up inclines/declines. Both these adhesion issues can result in train delays, operational disruption and wheel damage. ALLEVIATE® delivers superior performance and traction.