Institute of Railway Research

  • United Kingdom

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Profile Information

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
Railroad tracks Engineering & Materials Science
Deterioration Engineering & Materials Science
Condition monitoring Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2012 2019

1 Citation (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

A new methodology to study the pantograph-catenary dynamics in curved railway tracks

Antunes, P., Ambrosio, J., Pombo, J. & Facchinetti, A., 20 Mar 2019, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electric traction
Dynamic analysis

Effect of the nonlinear displacement-dependent characteristics of a hydraulic damper on high-speed rail pantograph dynamics

Wang, W., Liang, Y., Zhang, W. & Iwnicki, S., 4 Feb 2019, In : Nonlinear Dynamics. NODY-D-18-01832R1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Projects 2009 2020

Smart Maintenance and the Rail Traveller Experience

Iwnicki, S., Bevan, A. & Christodoulides, K.


Project: ResearchEU Government

IN2RAIL: Innovative Intelligent Rail

Bezin, Y.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Activities 2013 2018

  • 2 Oral presentation

Key drivers for rail track settlement and its prediction using FE model

Ilaria Grossoni (Speaker), Jou-Yi Shi (Speaker), Yann Bezin (Speaker)
6 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Application of In-track Vertical Wheel Load Measurement Data for the Early Indication of Derailment Risk and Wheel Tread Damage

Paul Allen (Speaker), Philip Shackleton (Speaker), Adam Bevan (Speaker)
21 Nov 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation