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Institute of Railway Research


The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) within the School of Computing and Engineering at The University of Huddersfield is a world leading centre in the field of railway engineering and risk.

Our research has helped to improve the knowledge of the way in which railway vehicles interact with the track including key performance aspects such as suspension performance, wheel-rail contact, traction and braking. In partnership with industry and academic partners, this work has led to a number of tools and techniques being developed which are now used to predict deterioration of railway wheels and rails, to optimise the vehicle track interface, to increase safety and reliability levels, reduce cost and improve performance of the railway system.

Education of the next generation of railway engineers is of vital importance and as well as supporting our PhD students the IRR plays its role by running summer schools in railway engineering and participating in national and international activities. In 2013 our students won the IMechE Railway Challenge competition.

Simon Iwnicki

Latest News

New-developed surface crack measurement device aids rail industry

This story published on Wednesday 22 June 2016
The hand-held detection device could extend the life of wheelsets and lead to cost savings of up to 25 per cent

Second international railway safety symposium resounding success

This story published on Monday 6 June 2016
Conference calls for new international organisation to promote and research the new safety management systems in railways

Big Data Risk Analysis (BDRA) Symposium 2016

This story published on Thursday 12 May 2016
On April 28, the IRR’s Safety and Risk Research area held their second BDRA Symposium

Uni launches UK’s first MSc in Railway Systems Safety and Risk

This story published on Wednesday 3 February 2016
Running from September 2016, the new Masters programme will secure the rail industry’s safety skills gap in the future

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