Institute of Railway Research

  • United Kingdom

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The Institute of Railway Research within the School of Computing and Engineering at The University of Huddersfield is a world leading centre in the field of railway engineering and risk. 

Our research has helped to improve the knowledge of the way in which railway vehicles interact with the track including key performance aspects such as suspension peformance, wheel-rail contact, traction and braking. In partnership with industry and academic partners, this work has led to a number of tools and techniques being developed which are now used to predict deterioration of railway wheels and rails, to optimise the vehicle track interface, to increase safety and reliability levels, reduce cost and improve performance of the railway system.

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Rails Engineering & Materials Science
Wheels Engineering & Materials Science
Wear of materials Engineering & Materials Science
Railroad tracks Engineering & Materials Science
Axles Engineering & Materials Science
Risk analysis Engineering & Materials Science
Stiffness Engineering & Materials Science
Condition monitoring Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2012 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A composite resilience index for road transport networks

El Rashidy, R. & Grant-Muller, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Transport. 172, 3, p. 174 - 183 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
transport network
Composite materials
Travel time

A Comprehensive Review on Regenerative Shock Absorber Systems

Zheng, P., Wang, R. & Gao, J., 3 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Vibration Engineering & Technologies. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Shock absorbers
Vibrations (mechanical)
Automobile suspensions
Railroad cars
4 Citations (Scopus)

A co-simulation approach to the wheel–rail contact with flexible railway track

Antunes, P., Magalhães, H., Ambrósio, J., Pombo, J. & Costa, J., 15 Feb 2019, In : Multibody System Dynamics. 45, 2, p. 245-272 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Railroad tracks

Projects 2009 2020

Track to the Future (T2F): The science and analytical tools to design long life, low noise railway track systems

Iwnicki, S., Powrie, W., Preston, J. M., Blainey, S. P., McDowell, G., Roberts, C. & Thompson, D. J.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - EPSRC

Activities 2013 2019

  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

UKRRIN Centre of Excellence in Rolling Stock: Developing Pantograph-OLE Numerical Analysis Tools to Support the Rail Industry

Pedro Antunes (Speaker), Joao Pombo (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
19 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Cast Crossing Profile optimisation

Yann Bezin (Speaker), Bleddyn Davies (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Predictive Wheel-Rail Management in London Underground: Validation and Verification

Andy Vickerstaff (Speaker), Adam Bevan (Speaker)
24 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Preparing for digitalisation: There’s no time to lose

Paul Singh


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

£120,000 project to eliminate freight train carbon emissions

Paul Allen & Messaoud Mehafdi


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Enabling better performance


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other