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Major rail engineering research projects bring innovative solutions

Major rail engineering research projects bring innovative solutions
It has been announced that RAIL Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have taken part in a £16m European project designed to find ways of boosting the capacity, reliability and cost effectiveness of Europe’s railways. 
18th July 2018

Lightweight carbon fibre used on a rail bogie frame

Lightweight carbon fibre used on a rail bogie frame
Made from recycled carbon fibre, this new type of rail vehicle bogies could lead to major savings for operators, with a 50% reduction in weight meaning a huge reduction in track wear and energy and maintenance costs. A research team at the University of Huddersfield plan to now carry out exhaustive tests to ensure that the concept can fulfil its potential.
11th April 2018

Minimising maintenance for London’s new Elizabeth line

Minimising maintenance for London’s new Elizabeth line
As London’s new £14.8bn Elizabeth line becomes operational in December 2018, it will carry an estimated 200 million passengers a year. Research at the University of Huddersfield has helped ensure that trains will run reliably and safely on one of the world’s busiest lines. At the University’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), Assistant Director Dr Paul Allen has been working on the project – previously known widely as Crossrail – since planning and design stages in 2008. 
16th March 2018


Rail Minister announces Centre of Excellence in rolling stock

Rail Minister announces Centre of Excellence in rolling stock
The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield is now a Centre of Excellence for the new £90m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), launched at a special event in Westminster. The ultimate aim, pledges Rail Minister Jo Johnson, is to deliver the biggest modernisation programme since Victorian times, meaning more frequent trains and quicker and more comfortable journeys.
26th February 2018

Active charge air cooling system for turbo-charged engines

Active charge air cooling system for turbo-charged engines
  The work of a University of Huddersfield professor and his collaborator, an innovative engineer has been hailed by global experts as they are developing technology that can boost the performance of engines while improving fuel economy and lowering emissions.
2nd February 2018

Project to make maintenance more effective on railways

Project to make maintenance more effective on railways
  Experts at the University of Huddersfield are playing a central role in a £680,000 project designed to transform the maintenance of rail vehicles - and they will test their new techniques on the hard-working trains operated by London Underground.
31st January 2018

Durable rail bogies turns to carbon fibre and 3D printing

Durable rail bogies turns to carbon fibre and 3D printing
New generations of railway vehicles with carbon fibre frames and key components made using the latest 3D printing technology could be the result of new research at the University of Huddersfield. The investigation of novel materials and manufacturing processes is being carried out by the University’s Institute for Railway Research, which has been awarded funding of almost £300,000 as part of an EU-backed project to develop lighter, more reliable, more comfortable and quieter rolling stock.
17th January 2018

Network Rail prioritises safety and electric power

Network Rail prioritises safety and electric power
Network Rail plans to harness the expertise of researchers at the University of Huddersfield in order to solve some of the most pressing issues facing modern railways, such as reliability of electric power supplies and how to maximise safety. Sir Peter Hendy, who chairs Network Rail – the public body that owns and manages most of the network in England, Scotland and Wales – paid a special visit to the University’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR).  
11th January 2018

Rail workers experience 'close calls' on hand-held devices

Rail workers experience 'close calls' on hand-held devices
No matter what the hour and conditions rail workers are trackside. Whilst performing their work they can use hand-held devices to send on-the-spot reports when they encounter anything untoward that raises safety concerns. The result is a huge, expanding and potentially very valuable database of these ‘close calls’ and it could make a big contribution to improvements in railway safety.
11th October 2017

Could fibre optics be the way forward to detect faults on railways?

Could fibre optics be the way forward to detect faults on railways?
  Fibre optic cables could make a major contribution to the safety and maintenance of railways. Installed alongside the tracks, they are capable of detecting a huge range of soundwaves that might signify the early emergence of problems, such as damage to the rails.
19th September 2017

Major international project looks at the future for rail freight

Major international project looks at the future for rail freight
The bold and ambitious plan to double European freight amounts carried by rail could be put on hold as it depends on the development of lighter-weight bogies produced using stronger steels and innovative manufacturing techniques, according to findings by experts at the University of Huddersfield.
8th August 2017

Significant investment made in rolling stock innovation

Significant investment made in rolling stock innovation
In an effort to establish the UK as a world leader in rail technology, the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield is to play a key role in the development of the ‘Rolling Stock Innovation Centre’.
25th July 2017

IRR research into safety at level crossings reaches next stage

IRR research into safety at level crossings reaches next stage
Networks of tiny wireless sensors could not only improve safety at railway crossings but would also be much less costly to install and maintain, drawing their electrical power from track vibration. These are among the findings of a UK Government-funded project carried out by rail experts at the University of Huddersfield.
31st August 2016


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