On June 12th, 2018, the ceremony XVI Talgo Prize for Technological Innovation in facilities of the CSIC took place in Madrid. The CIMNE researcher Dr. Joaquín Irazábal González has been awarded the first prize for his detailed study of the railway ballast behaviour using the Discrete Element Method. The award recognizes the accuracy of the work, which will allow to increase the knowledge of railway infrastructures, improving their maintenance and reducing costs.
The President of Talgo, Carlos de Palacio Oriol, the general manager of the Talgo Foundation, Gabriel Novela, president of the qualifying jury, Carmen Vela, were in charge of delivering the prizes aimed at researchers from all areas related to rail transport.
The second prize went to Sergio González-Cachón, José Luis Viesca and Alberto García, from the University of Oviedo, for their work on the anti-wear behavior of new steels.