Modelling safer railways

Manchester Metropolitan University engineers have secured a £128k Corus grant to create a new computer model that can better predict the forces between the wheels of a train and the track.


Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) engineers have secured a £128k Corus grant to create a new computer model that can better predict the forces between the wheels of a train and the track.

Currently, computer tools used to simulate railway vehicle-track interaction do not take into account the flexibility of the rail and other track components.


Principal Investigator Dr. Simon Iwnicki said the aim of the new model would be to do just that. The simulation software will then be validated by comparing the model with data from the real-world .


Simon is working with Yann Bezin, project manager and MMU graduate, who has previously trained with software company MSC. Software in Italy and America.


MMU will also be working with the DTI, Corus, Network Rail and MSC. Software on the project.