Co-funded by the Regional Growth Fund, the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) has opened its new £4.5M laboratory facility. The advanced test equipment supports both the IRR’s new Centre for Innovation in Rail (CIR) and the wider railway research activities of the IRR. The laboratory will significantly boost fundamental research output at the University, and within the UK; advancing the science of wheel-rail interaction vehicle dynamics, materials technology and emerging research areas such as remote condition monitoring systems (RCM) and Big Data analytics as part of the developing digital railway.
Under the context of the newly formed CIR, the facilities also provide an advanced dynamic testing capability for the trialling and approvals of vehicle and track systems. Our equipment also supports a range of existing virtual testing and expert modelling services provided by the wider IRR team. These include mechanical dynamics, design optimisation and Finite Element modelling.
Our lab equipment includes: