China-Germany Forum on Development and Challenge of High-speed Railway Bridge Held successfully at Central South University

The China-Germany Forum on Development and Challenge of High-speed Railway Bridge has been successfully held at Central South University Railway Campus, Changsha, November 7-11 2016. The forum is organized by Professor Dai Gonglian from Central South University and Professor Marx Steffen from Leibniz University Hannover. Thirty-five presentations were given by the Chinese and German experts coming from Central South University, Leibniz University Hannover Southwest, Jiaotong University, Beijing Jiaotong University, China Academy of Railway Sciences, Technische Universität München, RWTH Aachen University, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Penn State University, China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance & Design Institute, China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group, Nanchang Railway Bureau, etc. This China-Germany forum has successfully attracted more than 60 college students and enterprise employees.

The forum mainly focuses on three themes: "Comparison between Sino-German high-speed railway bridge systems ", " Track-bridge interaction research and dynamics of high-speed railway bridges" and "Sino-German high-speed railway challenges and new trends". The contents cover different aspects of high-speed railway bridges, such as the construction, design, operation and maintenance, etc. During the forum, the experts launch warm discussions on the mechanical analysis model, new technology, new material, structure performance, structure design, as well as talents cultivation. After the three-day presentation section, experts visited the Hunan Yueyang Dongting Lake Highway Bridge and the Menghua Dongting Lake Railway Bridge.

This forum builds a platform for the experts to exchange their experience and to promote the basic and applied researches collaboratively. The forum also enhances the communications and cooperation between Chinese and German high-speed railway industries. It will bring a strong support to the Belt and Road Strategy.