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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

Breakthrough in harvesting energy from automotive shock absorbers

This story published on Thursday 20 October 2016
“…a full-size, ready-to-test prototype has already been constructed…”

University unveils £4.5 million railway test rig

This story published on Thursday 13 October 2016
…and launches the Centre for Innovation in Rail, created to fast-track innovations in railway technology

IRR’s new sensor could turn every locomotive into a track monitor

This story published on Tuesday 11 October 2016
The easily-fitted device will detect and transmit vital information about the condition of rails and rail bed

Railway researchers win top IMechE award

This story published on Monday 10 October 2016
Dr Yann Bezin and Dr Gareth Tucker were awarded the George Stephenson Gold Medal for their paper Track loading limits and cross-acceptance of vehicle approvals

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