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vehicle-track interaction Switches and crossing design and development

20082020

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Biography

After studying in France, Yann Bezin graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and joined the Rail Technology Unit (RTU) at MMU at its inception in 1999 as a graduate engineer. He learned the fundamentals of mathematical modelling of freight and passenger railway vehicles, using a number of multibody dynamic simulation codes either commercially available or developed in-house. Yann became an expert in the field, contributing to numerous industry led projects for bogie suspension design modifications, vehicle acceptance and derailment investigation, as well as contributing to national research investigations such as that on head checks following the Hatfield incident. Yann published his first papers at national workshops and exhibitions in the UK and the software international user conferences. He contributed to organising the 1st international workshop on freight vehicle design at MMU in 2001.

Yann returned to France as a consultant engineer in 2002, collaborating with MSC Software in Italy on the development of the software Adams/Rail and running a number of expert training courses to national railway organisations overseas.

He then returned to MMU to act as the technical manager of a successful project funded by the UK national research council EPSRC and department for trade and industry DTI. The research program in collaboration with Corus (now Tata), MSC Software and Carillion Rail led to the completion of his PhD thesis in 2008 on the integration of Flexible Track System Models (FTSM) within vehicle multibody dynamic software.

Since Yann led the research efforts into several major collaborative EU FP6 and FP7 funded projects on track system innovation (Innotrack), vehicle homologation and cross-acceptance (Dynotrain) and sustainable freight (SustRail). He highly contributed to the successful organisation of the 22nd international IAVSD symposium in Manchester in August 2011 receiving more than 260 international delegates, expert in the field of vehicle dynamics on road and rail.

Yann joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2012 to set up the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) together with former colleagues from MMU. As part of the management team, Yann is acting as Head of research of the IRR.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Railway track systems (design, construction and mechanical/dynamic behaviour)
  • Vehicle-track interaction (dynamic behaviour)
  • Wheel-rail contact (mechanical behaviour)
  • Railway asset data collection and intelligence (condition monitoring and damage modelling)

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • wheel-rail interface
  • contact mechanics
  • vehicle dynamics
  • vehicle-track interaction
  • track system design
  • switches and crossings
  • multibody dynamics
  • materials technology

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Projects

Research Output

A Model for Evaluating Long-Term Support Degradation at Railway Switches

Grossoni, I., Bezin, Y., Le Pen, L., Watson, G. & Kostovasilis, D., 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, August 12-16, 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer International Publishing AG, p. 382-389 8 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • Modelling Track Flexibility in Turnouts Using MBS Approach

    Jorge, P., Bezin, Y., Grossoni, I. & Neves, S., 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, August 12-16, 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Springer International Publishing AG, p. 359-366 8 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • Reducing Impact Loads at Railway Crossings Using Tuned Resilient Elements

    Bezin, Y., Kostovasilis, D. & Sambo, B., 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, August 12-16, 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 390-396 7 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • Relative Movement of Switch/Stock Rails and the Wheel/Rail Interaction Interface

    Bezin, Y., Kostovasilis, D. & Sambo, B., 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, August 12-16, 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 367-375 9 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • Dynamic analysis and performance of a repoint track switch

    Bezin, Y., Sarmiento-carnevali, M. L., Sichani, M. S., Neves, S., Kostovasilis, D., Bemment, S. D., Harrison, T. J., Ward, C. P. & Dixon, R., 9 May 2019, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 6 Oral presentation

    Cast Crossing Profile optimisation

    Yann Bezin (Speaker), Bleddyn Davies (Speaker)
    6 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral 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

    A broad approach to switch profiles optimisation using multibody dynamic simulation

    Yann Bezin (Speaker), Dimitrios Kostovasilis (Speaker), Sergio Goncalves Moreira Das Neves (Speaker), Andy Foan (Speaker)
    2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Dynamic simulation of the V-Tras ‘superstructure’ transition solution

    Samuel Hawksbee (Speaker), Yann Bezin (Speaker), Sergio Goncalves Moreira Das Neves (Speaker)
    2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Design evaluation of flange back steering for railway switches

    Yann Bezin (Speaker), Dimitrios Kostovasilis (Speaker), Sergio Goncalves Moreira Das Neves (Speaker), Andy Foan (Speaker)
    2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    'Radical' Self-Guiding Trains Could Replace Railway Switches

    Yann Bezin

    8/06/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment