1,005 Visitors to RTRI Technological Forum 2000

Hisamitsu IKEUCHI
Project Promotion Div.

  The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) opened a technological forum to exhibit the research results in the past five years and appeal its stance in the 21st century to challenge researches on railway technologies on September 7 to 8 at the Kunitachi Institute according to the following schedule, where 1005 visitors gathered in total.

First day (Sept.7th): "Exhibition of Research Results," "Opening of Research Facilities" and "Lecture"
Second day(Sept.8th): "Exhibition of Research Results" and "Opening of Research Facilities"

1. Exhibition of Research Results
  The research results on the following 70 themes were exhibited on the 1st floor of the main building by using research products, models and panels.

Research FieldNumber of themes
Magnetically levitated railway system4
Rolling stock17
Structures and disaster prevention11
Electric engineering and information14
Environment and safety9
Railway Technology Promotion Center5

2. Opening of Research Facilities
  The following 11 research facilities were opened to the visitors.

Research fieldNumber of
facilities opened
Major facility
Rolling stock4Brake performance testing machine
Civil engineering3Large-scale rainfall experiment facility
Electrical engineering4Current collection system wear testing machine

3. Lecture
  A lecture meeting was held for more than 400 attendants at the RTRI hall on the afternoon of September 7 on the following themes, where attentive discussions were held between the audience and lecturers.

Now technologically
feasible magnetically
levitated railway system
Tsutomu Furuki
Director, Technical Management Division,
Maglev Systems Development Department
Researches for the
railways in the future
Norimichi Kumagai
Assistant Director, Planning Division

4. Acknowledgements
  RTRI will continue to open technological forums in the years to come to make the research results widely known. In opening the next year forum, RTRI will esteem the opinions offered by the visitors through questionnaires or by other means.