Passenger Train Research for the RoofRider

Dr Hassan Hemida, Reader in Computational Mechanics at BCRRE talks in detail about his latest research on the aerodynamic impact of the RoofRider on a passenger train. Details on this impressive project below! The world’s premier location for the study of aerodynamic drag on trains is probably the Birmingham  Centre for Railway Research and Education … Continue reading “Passenger Train Research for the RoofRider”

DyanPan demonstrator: A novel solution for automated pantograph health inspection and testing

  Dr Moussa Hamadache, Research Fellow in Mechatronic Systems for Railways at BCRRE talks about the success of a recent Railway Pantographs project. Railway pantographs, which are nowadays (with overhead wires) the dominant form of current collection for modern electric trains, have to be inspected on a period basis to make sure that they are … Continue reading “DyanPan demonstrator: A novel solution for automated pantograph health inspection and testing”

High Speed Rail Education Interchange 2020 – delivering a digital conference

Culminating a year that has required significant adaptation to new ways of working, BCRRE hosted our first ever online conference ‘High Speed Rail: Education Interchange’ from the 14-16th December 2020. Dr Heather Steele and Dr Holly Foss report on the conference. The three-day HSREI event brought together experts in academia and industry to share knowledge, … Continue reading “High Speed Rail Education Interchange 2020 – delivering a digital conference”

Good news and exciting times at BCRRE

Alex Burrows Director of BCRRE provides us with a piece on some good news. 2020 has provided some cheer for us all at BCRRE.  We found out two days ago (Wednesday 25 November) that we had won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Business Collaboration for our work with Porterbrook on the HydroFLEX project, the … Continue reading “Good news and exciting times at BCRRE”

Resilience is key for UK businesses post-Brexit

  By Rachel Eade MBE, FRSA, Supply Chain Lead at the Birmingham Centre of Rail Research and Education. Resilience has become a much used word in many contexts in the current pandemic be it, personal resilience, business resilience, NHS resilience or supply chain resilience. But what is a resilient business? “One that is able to … Continue reading “Resilience is key for UK businesses post-Brexit”

Welcome to the new home of BCRRE

Alex Burrows Director of BCRRE shares his thoughts on the new building and what we aim to achieve. We are delighted to share the news that our new purpose-built railway centre designed to deliver specialist research in railway systems engineering has opened on campus at the University of Birmingham. Our new home provides us with … Continue reading “Welcome to the new home of BCRRE”

HydroFLEX: decarbonisation and innovation

Alex Burrows, Director of BCRRE, comments on Hydrogen-based transport, the decarbonisation agenda and the value of collaboration to realise and prove innovation. Earlier this week we successfully took HydroFLEX, the UK’s first hydrogen train, onto the mainline railway – the first run by a hydrogen-powered train on Network Rail infrastructure.  The HydroFLEX project is a … Continue reading “HydroFLEX: decarbonisation and innovation”

Education and ambiguity

“His priority seemed to be not to teach them what he knew but rather to impress upon them that nothing […] was foolproof.” [Harry on Firenze’s Teaching, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix].  Dr Holly Foss talks about the future of education and how ambiguity and the unknown is a necessity for our … Continue reading “Education and ambiguity”

The railway is full; how can we increase its capacity?

Mohamed Samra, Research Fellow in BCRRE, introduces how Moving Block and Virtual Coupling gives us the opportunity to increase the capacity of the railway. Rail transport is already an efficient mode of transport that brings great economic, social, and environmental benefits. The railways around the world are facing growing demand to transport more people and … Continue reading “The railway is full; how can we increase its capacity?”

The value of collaboration in innovation

Dr Jenny Illingsworth is Deputy Director of BCRRE and spent many years in product development and product management in the manufacturing industry before she joined the University of Birmingham. She shares some of her thoughts around the benefits of working together. I’ve found, over my career – which is longer than I care to think … Continue reading “The value of collaboration in innovation”