University of Huddersfield unveils new railway test rig - Railway Technology
The UK's University of Huddersfield has unveiled a new railway test rig and also launched the Centre for Innovation in Rail (CIR) to fast-track innovations in industry technology.
The university is home to the Institute of Railway Research (IRR), which has received £4.5m from the Regional Growth Fund.
Opened by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the 150t test rig enables various experiments to be conducted on a full-size railway bogie.
It will also enable in-depth investigation of many issues surrounding the contact area between wheel and rail.
Installation of the rig required 95 piles to be sunk 5m deep, as well as a system of air springs to prevent excessive vibration.