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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.
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:
Molyneux-Berry, P., Bevan, A. and Davis, C. (2013) ‘The Influence of Wheel/Rail Contact Conditions on the Microstructure and Hardness of Railway Wheels’ The Scientific World Journal . ISSN 1537-744X
Bevan, A., Molyneux-Berry, P., Eickhoff, B. and Burstow, M. (2013) ‘Development and Validation of a Wheel Wear and Rolling Contact Fatigue Damage Model’ Wear , 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 Modelling’ Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit . ISSN 0954-4097
Molyneux-Berry, P., Bevan, A. and Davis, C. (2012) ‘The Influence of Wheel/Rail Contact Forces on the Material Properties of Wheels in Service ’ Wear . ISSN 0043-1648
Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2012) ‘Wheel surface damage: relating the position and angle of forces to the observed damage patterns’ Vehicle System Dynamics , 50 (S1), pp. 335-347. ISSN 0042-3114
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.