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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)

Research Degree Supervision

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  • 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 2013 2019

Research Output 2008 2019

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

Dynamic analysis
Fault tolerance
Wear of materials

Optimisation of railway switches

Bezin, Y. & Foan, A., 1 Apr 2019, In : Permanent Way Institution. 137, Part 2, p. 44-51 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Settlement analysis using a generic ballasted track simulation package

Shih, J. Y., Grossoni, I. & Bezin, Y., 13 Jun 2019, In : Transportation Geotechnics. 20, p. 1-14 14 p., 100249.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

triaxial test
laboratory experiment
confining pressure
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Condition monitoring
Linear regression
1 Citation (Scopus)

Differential wear modelling – Effect of weld-induced material inhomogeneity on rail surface quality

Sh. Sichani, M. & Bezin, Y., 15 Jul 2018, In : Wear. 406-407, p. 43-52 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surface properties

Activities 2016 2019

  • 6 Oral presentation

Cast Crossing Profile optimisation

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

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)

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)

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)

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