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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 2014 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 4 Conference contribution

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

Vehicle performance
Open Access
Plastic flow
Finite element method
Plastic deformation

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

Vehicle suspensions
Software packages
Computer simulation

Enabling the optimisation of the primary suspension with passive components for an industrial railway vehicle model

Lewis, T., Li, Y., Jiang, J. Z., Neild, S. A., Tucker, G., Iwnicki, S., Goodall, R. & Smith, M., 17 Sep 2018, Proceedings of ISMA 2018 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering and USD 2018 - International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics. Moens, D., Desmet, W., Pluymers, B. & Rottiers, W. (eds.). KU Leuven - Departement Werktuigkunde, p. 3269-3281 13 p.

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

Open Access
Railroad cars
Braking performance

Activities 2017 2017

  • 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