The Railway Systems Group is part of the multidisciplinary Railway Research Centre within the School of Engineering. The Railway Research Centre is the headquarters of Rail Research UK, an EPRSC- supported research consortium, which brings together research from eight universities.Work in electronic, electrical and computer engineering has grown over 30 years from an interest in power electronic traction drives, to train performance simulation and interactions with the signalling system. Current research is focused on:
* Asset condition monitoring
* Systems engineering and data management
* Traffic optimisation
* Train performance and power supply simulation
* Emerging propulsion systems
The group benefits from a dedicated railway systems integration laboratory and recently refurbished office facilities. Equipment in the laboratory includes: a full-scale moving rail, currently used for non-destructive testing and environmental contamination research; traction motor drives; and various railway assets, including point machines, track circuits and train door rigs.
Key facts Type of Course: Doctoral research
Duration: PhD 3 years full-time, MPhil 1 year full-time
Start date: Registration for PhD and MPhil study can take place at the beginning of any month
Current projects include:
* Condition monitoring of assets (point machines, track circuits, train doors)
* Condition monitoring of the wheel/rail interface
* Non-destructive testing of rails
* System reliability analysis
* System cost modelling
* Integration of disparate railway data
* Level crossing risk assessment
* Optimising of railway traffic after disturbance
* Capacity analysis
* Train performance simulation
* Railway power supply analysis and simulation
* Assessment of regenerative braking technology
* Analysis of future propulsion technologies
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English language requirements
* IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band;
* TOEFL IBT 80 with no less than 17 in any band
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The group has longstanding links with industry, policy makers and academics in the UK, Europe, Japan and Hong Kong. Over recent years funding has been secured from the EPSRC, Department for Transport, the European Commission and numerous companies including Network Rail, Atkins, Alstom, Carillion, and the Railway Safety and Standards Board.
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International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.