A RESEARCH project at CQUniversity is set to make the delivery of coal from coalmines to port safer and more efficient.
Minister for Science and Innovation Ian Walker was on the Rockhampton campus yesterday looking over the research laboratory to see first-hand the ideas the $1.92 million project had generated.
Mr Walker said the project was jointly funded by CQUniversity, taxpayers and an industry-based investor, to look at the draft gears that act as shock absorbers between the wagons on trains.
"It means maintenance of the wagons, damage to the wagons and to the track as well as the safety of these trains becomes much better with this new research," Mr Walker said.
"We're always keen to see ideas go from the lab to the marketplace and so far, the team has developed new software to simulate and explore various gear unit designs."
"The goal is to commercialise the gear unit and the testing method, which could give Queensland's manufacturing sector a real edge in competing against gear units made in other countries."
While he said in the end the research would result in making the production of coal cheaper it could also be useful for rail of all kinds, including passenger trains.
"The implications are significant, worldwide."