School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Staff Profile

Conor O'Neill

Rail Vehicles Group Manager

Background

Introduction

Conor O'Neill joined NewRail as a research engineer focusing on lightweight materials and structures. An aeronautical engineering graduate of the University of Limerick - Ireland, he has focused his career on the manufacture and testing of composite materials. He worked at Airbus for seven years in the composite R&D and military transport aircraft test departments.

Working in conjunction with NewRail’s industrial partners, Conor is the co-ordinator of two European projects - REFRESCO and RAMPART..

Research

Research Interests

Crashworthiness (rail industry).
Composite Materials.
Lightweight Structures.
Blast resistant structures.

Rail vehicle design.

Other Expertise

Composite Manufacturing.
Aerospace design and manufacturing.
CAD/CAM.

Current Work

    Fire-Resist

    REFRESCO

    RAMPART

    Patents

    International Patent WO2011012884
    - Self-Correcting Crash Energy Absorber.

    International Patent PCT/IB2010/002365

    - Lightweight CompoundCab Structure for Rail Vehicles.

    Teaching

    Lecturer on MSc Rail Freight and Logistics:

    Modules:

    MEC8038 - Rail Vehicles

    MEC8040 - Safety & Security

    Publications