Rail Systems

Rail Systems Group

Rail Systems research from a railway systems engineering point of view.

Key areas of research include the following:

  • Energy
  • Capacity
  • Mass reduction
  • Passenger needs
  • Condition monitoring
  • Interoperability of European railways

Current projects

MyCorridor addresses the development of innovative concepts, systems and services towards MaaS (mobility as a service).

OPEUS: Modelling and strategies for the assessment and optimisation of energy usage aspects of rail innovation aims to develop a simulation methodology and accompanying modelling tool to evaluate, improve and optimise the energy consumption of rail systems with a particular focus on in-vehicle innovation.

TRA VISIONS 2018 is a series of EU funded projects that aim to showcase European excellence and to increase the competitive advantage of the European Transport Industry by generating innovative concepts and solutions through a European Wide competition for young as well as senior researchers in the sectors of Road, Rail, Waterborne and Cross modal transport.

Zero Wheel Slip Linear Induction Motor (Z_LIM DEMO) builds on a feasibility study and sets out to prove the feasibility of a concept aiming at reducing dependence on the friction between wheel and rail for traction and braking forces, while requiring minimal or no changes at all to existing infrastructure.

Recent projects

CleanER-D aims to develop, improve and integrate emissions reduction technologies for diesel locomotives and rail vehicles.

OSIRIS Optimal Strategy to Innovate and Reduce energy consumption in urban rail Systems. More info

MERLIN Sustainable and intelligent management of energy for smarter railway systems in Europe: an integrated optimisation approach.

SafeCap+ SafeCap for integrated optimum capacity, safety and energy strategies at multiple nodes

Viajeo PLUS The goal of Viajeo PLUS is to benchmark outstanding examples of solutions for innovative and green urban mobility in Europe, Latin America, China and Singapore and subsequently facilitate the uptake of these solutions. Dr. Gareth Evans of the Transport Operations Research Group of the School of Civil Engineering is also employed on this project.

MODTRAIN Innovative Modular Vehicle Concepts for an Integrated European Railway System.

MODURBAN Modular urban guided systems.

SafeInteriors Train interior passive safety for Europe.

RAILTEST Inventory of Railway Test Installations in Europe and Detection of Synergies between them.