Portrait of Dr Adam Bevan Dr Adam Bevan

a.j.bevan@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473077


After graduating with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University, Adam undertook a PhD research programme investigating the fatigue and durability performance of truck components using a combination of in-field testing and computer simulation. This PhD was part of the EPSRC ‘Total Technology’ framework and was conducted in collaboration with Leyland Trucks.

Following the completion of his PhD in 2004, Adam joined the Rail Technology Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. During his time at the Rail Technology Unit, Adam built up a wide range of expertise and knowledge in the field of wheel-rail interface engineering, vehicle dynamics simulation and vehicle-track interaction. Adam is a Chartered Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In his current role Adam has led a number of industry sponsored research and enterprise projects for various clients, such as the Rail Safety and Standards Board and Network Rail. These have included the development of new wheel profile designs for the GB rail network and detailed modelling techniques for the evaluation of wear and rolling contact fatigue damage.

Adam joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2012 where he is currently Head of Enterprise for the Institute of Railway Research. In this role Adam hopes to develop further relationships with clients and identify gaps in industrial enterprise for future development of the group.

Research and Scholarship

Recent research includes the investigation of the causes, prediction and mitigation of wear and rolling contact fatigue on both wheels and rails. Adam is currently supervising a PhD research programme investigating railway wheel damage mechanisms and modelling techniques.

In collaboration with a number of industrial partners Adam has also been involved in the development of strategic models for the management of vehicle and infrastructure assets. This research has resulted in the development of modelling techniques to predict asset degradation and determine whole life costs.
Additional research areas include:

  • Railway asset management
  • Improving rail vehicle dynamic performance
  • Wheel-rail interface condition monitoring and inspection

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Solano-Alvarez, W., Bevan, A., Jaiswal, J. and Bhadeshia, H. (2016) ‘Soft novel form of white-etching matter and ductile failure of carbide-free bainitic steels under rolling contactActa Materialia , 121, pp. 215-226. ISSN 1359-6454

Bevan, A. and Klecha, S. (2016) ‘Use of Magnetic Flux Techniques to Detect Wheel Tread DamageProceedings of the ICE - Transport , 169 (5), pp. 330-338. ISSN 0965-092X

Balouchi, F. and Bevan, A. (2016) ‘Detecting Railway Under-Track Voids using Multi-Train In-Service Vehicle Accelerometer’. In: 7th IET Conference on Railway Condition Monitoring, 27-28 September 2016, Birmingham, UK

Sambo, B., Bevan, A. and Pislaru, C. (2016) ‘A novel application of image processing for the detection of rail surface RCF damage and incorporation in a crack growth model’. In: International Conference on Railway Engineering 2016 (ICRE), 12th - 13th May 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Muhamedsalih, Y., Bevan, A. and Stow, J. (2016) ‘Wheel Wear and Rail Damage Prediction for Wheels Turned with Thin Flanges’. In: 11th World Congress on Railway Research, 29th May - 2nd June 2016, Milan, Italy

Bevan, A (2016) ‘Inspecting the Depth of Wheel Tread Surface Damage Using Magnetic Flux Leakage’. In: Wheelsets: Less cost, less risk - the challenge, 15th March 2016, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London


Bevan, A (2015) ‘Use of Magnetic Flux Techniques to Detect Wheel Tread Damage’. In: RRUKA Annual Conference 2015, 5th November 2015, London

Bevan, A (2015) ‘Effective Management of the Wheel-Rail Interface on Light-rail Networks’. In: 1st Annual WRI EU Conference, 21st - 23rd October 2015, Derby, UK


Bevan, A. and Molyneux-Berry, P. (2014) ‘Optimisation of Wheelset Maintenance: Current Research Activities’. In: Modern Railways Golden Spanners Conference, November 2014, London

Molyneux-Berry, P., Bevan, A., Zhang, S. and Kabra, S. (2014) ‘Residual Stress in Wheels: Comparison of Neutron Diffraction and Ultrasonic Methods, with Trends in RCF’. In: The Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance, 8-11 April 2014, Corsica, France

Molyneux-Berry, P., Davis, C. and Bevan, A. (2014) ‘The Influence of Wheel/Rail Contact Conditions on the Microstructure and Hardness of Railway WheelsThe Scientific World Journal , 2014 (209752), pp. 1-16. ISSN 1537-744X


Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2013) ‘Residual stresses in railway wheels and their effect on damage rates through the life of a wheel’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2013 : CEARC'13. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 31-36. ISBN 9781862181212

Allen, P., Shackleton, P. and Bevan, A. (2013) ‘Application of In-track Vertical Wheel Load Measurement Data for the Early Indication of Derailment Risk and Wheel Tread Damage’. In: 2nd RRUKA Annual Conference, 21st November 2013, London, UK

Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2013) ‘The Influence of Route Characteristics, Train Design and Maintenance Policy on Wheel Tread Damage, Wheel Life and Costs for Multiple-Unit Trains’. In: 17th International Wheelset Congress, September 22-27 2013, Kiev, Ukraine

Bevan, A., Molyneux-Berry, P., Eickhoff, B. and Burstow, M. (2013) ‘Development and Validation of a Wheel Wear and Rolling Contact Fatigue Damage ModelWear , 307 (1-2), pp. 100-111. ISSN 0043-1648

Bevan, A., Molyneux-Berry, P., Mills, S., Rhodes, A. and Ling, D. (2013) ‘Optimisation of Wheelset Maintenance using Whole System Cost ModellingProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit . ISSN 0954-4097


Bevan, A. and Molyneux-Berry, P. (2012) ‘Optimisation of Wheelset Maintenance using Whole System Cost Modelling’. In: Rail Research UK Association Annual Conference, 7th November 2012, London

Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2012) ‘Wheel surface damage: relating the position and angle of forces to the observed damage patternsVehicle System Dynamics , 50 (S1), pp. 335-347. ISSN 0042-3114


Mills, S., Ling, D., Bevan, A., Rhodes, A. and Molyneux-Berry, P. (2011) ‘Improving the rail industry's vehicle-track interaction strategic model (VTISM) to include wheelset management modelling’. In: IET and IAM Asset Management Conference 2011. London, UK: IET. pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-1-84919-569-0


Allen, P. and Bevan, A. (2008) ‘Light Rail and Tramway Wheel and Rail Profiles to Minimise Wear and Derailment Risk’. In: IMechE Railway Division Seminar, Wheel Rail - Reducing Damage, Reducing Cost, 11th June 2008, London, UK


Bevan, A. and Allen, P. (2006) ‘Application of a wear prediction method to the analysis of a new UK wheel profile’. In: Proceedings of the 7th Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems Conference, 24th-27th September 2006, Brisbane, Australia

Research Degree Supervision

Enterprise Activities

Adam is currently involved in commercial research projects for a range of major UK and international rail industry clients. This work utilises the rail vehicle and wheel-rail interface engineering expertise of the Institute of Railway Research. Projects include wheel-rail interface management, development and review of standards, vehicle suspension design and optimisation, vehicle safety approval, modelling of wheel and rail wear and defects, cost modelling, vehicle testing and instrumentation, vehicle-infrastructure interfaces (gauging) and accident investigation.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • To provide advice, training and knowledge to new and current members of the Institute of Railway Research.
  • The management and delivery of research and enterprise projects for sponsors and industrial organisations.
  • To communicate the results leading from these projects through reporting, presentations and informal discussions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • To support the Schools teaching and research activities by obtaining funding and assisting in the supervision of project students.

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