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Gareth joined the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) as a Principal Industry Fellow in May 2016. Gareth is a specialist in vehicle-track interaction and additionally has a wide ranging experience of railway engineering including rolling stock, infrastructure and system engineering.
From October 2011 to April 2016 Gareth was a Vehicle Track Interface Engineer at the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). This role included:
Gareth has been working in rail since 2003, including previous roles at Network Rail, Interfleet Technology and London Underground.
Gareth completed a PhD at the Future Rail Research Centre in Imperial college in March 2009 with the thesis: ‘Can the whole life cost of railway track be reduced through the effective management of tangential wheel-rail loading?’. This involved the use of simulation to investigate various active and passive steering bogies and assessing the ‘track friendliness’ using the ‘Vehicle Track Interaction Strategic Model’ (VTISM), a software tool developed by RSSB.
During his time at Imperial Gareth also took part in an academic exchange with Tokyo Institute of Technology and spent 3 months living and working in Japan where he had a wide exposure to the Japanese railways.
Gareth is working in the IRR-RSSB Strategic Partnership.
His main research interests are train suspension design, wheel-rail contact, track degradation modelling, economic impact of engineering change, safety against derailment, remote condition monitoring and asset management.
Eickhoff, B., Mazzola, L., Bezin, Y., Tucker, G., Stradtmann, H., Haigermoser, A., Chollet, H. and Landais, J. (2015) ‘Track loading limits and cross-acceptance of vehicle approvals’ Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 229 (6), pp. 710-728. ISSN 0954-4097
Gareth has previous experience of working in consultancy with a range of clients across the rail industry.
Gareth has previous experience of developing and delivering a course on vehicle dynamics on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Gareth has also previously taught undergraduate courses at Imperial College on Applied Maths, Finite Element Analysis, Matlab and Mechanics of Materials.