Projects currently available for the 2023/24 intake are listed below. Further details can be found on Coursefinder (search for title below on the Coursefinder page).

 

Contact

Title

Adam Bevan

Automated detetion of wheel tread sub-surface damage

Adam Bevan

Integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for smart maintenance of rolling stock.

Adam Bevan

Influence of hardness and operating conditions on rail steel performance

Hamidreza Faham

Perception systems for robot in complex task application using sensor data, vision system, and artificial intelligence

Using Smart Rolling Stock Maintenance Robotics Facility

Hamidreza Faham

Enhancing High-Speed Train Braking Performance through Intelligent Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) Control Systems

Hassna Louadah

Enhancing Maintenance Activities through Integration of Robotic Arms and Augmented Reality (AR) Assistance

Paul Allen

Train Brake Optimisation under Low Adhesion Conditions on a full-scale railway roller rig

Using HAROLD 2.0 Facility

Paul Allen

Hardware-in-the-loop simulation of railway vehicle hybrid drive systems on a full-scale railway roller rig

Using HAROLD 2.0 Facility

Phil Shackleton

Application of computer games physics modelling for understanding train derailments

Sam Hawksbee

Identifying the causal factors for squat rail defects Improving wheel-rail contact damage predictions

Yann Bezin

Track System Dynamics

Yann Bezin

Development of predictive models for S&C monitoring and predictive maintenance

 

If you are interested in studying for a PhD on a project related to our test facilities, and wish to propose a project, then please contact the academic staff members listed below:

The projects below are in the process of being approved and will soon be available on Coursefinder:

 

Contact

Title

Gareth Tucker

Developing detailed understanding of fatigue crack growth in rails considering track structure and support conditions

Gareth Tucker

Asset management tools for rolling stock maintenance cost optimisation

Gareth Tucker

Train Maintenance Depot Circular Economy - minimising long term energy use and emissions generated from train maintenance activities

Martin Evans

Performance Assessment of Friction Management products in the Wheel‑Rail Interface of Railway Vehicles
Using HAROLD 2.0 Facility

Sam Hawksbee

Modelling of rolling contact fatigue crack growth using scaled boundary finite elements

Yann Bezin

Improving wheel-rail contact damage predictions in switches and crossings

Paul Allen

Development of a wheel-rail force measuring and analysis system for a full-scale railway roller rig

Paul Allen

Development of a validated dynamic model of a full-scale railway roller rig

Paul Allen

Real-time simulation of railway vehicle dynamics for remote condition monitoring

 

Additional projects will be added from time to time, please check, or contact one of the IRR team to discuss your own project idea.

The School of Computing and Engineering currently offers studentship opportunities.