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
Axles Engineering & Materials Science
German Federal Railways Social Sciences
wheels Physics & Astronomy
Railroad tracks Engineering & Materials Science
Risk analysis Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2012 2020

2 Citations (Scopus)

A new nonlinear displacement-dependent parametric model of a high-speed rail pantograph hydraulic damper

Wang, W., Zhou, Z., Zhang, W. & Iwnicki, S., 1 Feb 2020, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 58, 2, p. 272-289 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Computer simulation

A three-dimensional approach for contact detection between realistic wheel and rail surfaces for improved railway dynamic analysis

Marques, F., Pacheco Magalhaes, H., Pombo, J., Ambrósio, J. & Flores, P., 12 Feb 2020, In : Mechanism and Machine Theory. 149, 28 p., 103825.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dynamic analysis
Point contacts
Computer simulation

Coupled dynamic behaviour of a transmission system with gear eccentricities for a high-speed train

Wang, Z., Yin, Z., Wang, R., Cheng, Y., Allen, P. & Zhang, W., 29 Jan 2020, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Railroad cars
Traction (friction)
Condition monitoring

Projects 2009 2020

Activities 2013 2019

  • 7 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

The 12th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR 2019)

Roger Goodall (Speaker), Riccardo Licciardello (Speaker), Sebastian Stichel (Speaker), Peter Hughes (Speaker)
30 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Digital BowTies for safety delivery on the GB railways

Coen Van Gulijk (Speaker), Miguel Figueres Esteban (Speaker), Liz Davies (Speaker), Peter Hughes (Speaker), Rawia El Rashidy (Speaker)
29 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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

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