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
Risk analysis Engineering & Materials Science
German Federal Railways Social Sciences
Deterioration Engineering & Materials Science
Railroad tracks Engineering & Materials Science
Stiffness Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2012 2018

A computer leaning approach to obtain safety information from multi-lingual accident reports

Hughes, P., Figueres Esteban, M., El Rashidy, R., Van Gulijk, C. & Slovak, R., 18 Jun 2018, Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World: Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 17-21, 2018, Trondheim, Norway. CRC Press / Balkema, Taylor and Francis group, p. 3107-3114 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

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

Antunes, P., Magalhães, H., Ambrósio, J., Pombo, J. & Costa, J., 18 Oct 2018, In : Multibody System Dynamics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Railroad tracks

Analysing Railway Safety with Systems Thinking

Zhang, Y., Ge, X., Yang, W. & Guo, J., 13 Mar 2018, ICRT 2017: Railway Development, Operations, and Maintenance - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Rail Transportation 2017. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), p. 464-475 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
German Federal Railways
Computer operating procedures
Fault tree analysis
Systems engineering

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