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Gareth joined the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) as a Principal Industry Fellow in May 2016.  Gareth is a specialist in vehicle-track interaction and additionally has a wide ranging experience of railway engineering including rolling stock, infrastructure and system engineering.

From October 2011 to April 2016 Gareth was a Vehicle Track Interface Engineer at the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB).  This role included:

  • Acting as Technical Lead for a range of standards and research project in the topics of vehicle track interaction, train audibility and visibility, sanding (for improved adhesion during braking) and Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM). 
  • Liaising with a wide range of contacts around the rail industry in order to gain input to research and standards projects and communicate the results of projects.
  • Membership of various cross industry committees including the Cross Industry RCM Strategy Group and the Cross Industry Freight Train Derailment Working Group. 
  • Representing GB as a member of a European Committee for Standardisation working group (CEN TC256 WG10) that writes European Standards covering the topic of vehicle track interface; Gareth has continued to be a member of this group since joining IRR.

Gareth has been working in rail since 2003, including previous roles at Network Rail, Interfleet Technology and London Underground.

Gareth completed a PhD at the Future Rail Research Centre in Imperial college in March 2009 with the thesis: ‘Can the whole life cost of railway track be reduced through the effective management of tangential wheel-rail loading?’.  This involved the use of simulation to investigate various active and passive steering bogies and assessing the ‘track friendliness’ using the ‘Vehicle Track Interaction Strategic Model’ (VTISM), a software tool developed by RSSB.

During his time at Imperial Gareth also took part in an academic exchange with Tokyo Institute of Technology and spent 3 months living and working in Japan where he had a wide exposure to the Japanese railways.

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Research Output

  • 11 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 6 Conference contribution
  • 5 Article

Inertance-Integrated Primary Suspension Optimisation on an Industrial Railway Vehicle Model

Lewis, T., Li, Y., Tucker, G., Jiang, Z., Neild, S., Smith, M. C., Goodall, R., Iwnicki, S. & Dinmore, N., 14 Feb 2020, Advances in Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks: Proceedings of the 26th Symposium of the International Association of Vehicle System Dynamics, IAVSD 2019. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer, p. 570-579 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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  • Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Improving the track friendliness of a four-axle railway vehicle using an inertance-integrated lateral primary suspension

    Lewis, T., Li, Y., Tucker, G., Jiang, J., Zhao, Y., Neild, S., Smith, M., Goodall, R. & Dinmore, N., 12 Sep 2019, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Developing an Inerter Model using Multibody Dynamics Software for Railway Vehicle Applications

    Zhao, Y., Tucker, G., Goodall, R., Iwnicki, S., Jaing, J. Z. & Smith, M., 22 Jan 2018, Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks: Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks (IAVSD 2017), 14-18 August 2017, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Spiryagin, M., Gordon, T., Cole, C. & McSweeney, T. (eds.). CRC Press, Vol. 2. p. 1267-1272

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

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Deployment of Available Rail Steels to Reduce Life Cycle Costs

    Adam Bevan (Speaker), Gareth Tucker (Speaker) & Jay Jaiswal (Speaker)

    16 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation