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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

University welcomes the President of the IMechE

This story published on Friday 3 March 2017
Jon Hilton, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, pays a fact-finding visit to the campus

Innovations for Increasing Track Performance & Capacity

This story published on Friday 13 January 2017
On behalf of the project partners we would like to invite you to the CAPACITY4RAIL Project Workshop & Training to be held on 15th March 2017 at FNTP/EFRTC meeting facilities, 3 rue de Berri, 75008 Paris

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

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