BCRRE debuts at Rail Solutions Asia with successful links

Marcelo Blumenfeld, Assistant Professor in Future Transport Systems at the University of Birmingham’s School of Engineering provides an overview of his trip to Malaysia and the successes that came from it. A few weeks ago (from the 22nd – 24th June) the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) debuted in its participation at … Continue reading “BCRRE debuts at Rail Solutions Asia with successful links”

BCRRE hands over Rail Alliance baton to Rail Business Daily Community

Alex Burrows, Director of Enterprise and Innovation, outlines the move of Rail Alliance into the Rail Business Daily community. Yesterday (Tuesday 14 December), we made the announcement to the Rail Alliance Community’s membership at the Rail Alliance Christmas event and AGM, and then to the wider industry and stakeholders, that the University of Birmingham is … Continue reading “BCRRE hands over Rail Alliance baton to Rail Business Daily Community”

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”

Challenges and opportunities, teaching online during a global pandemic

Zena Green, Teaching Fellow in International Programmes, and Dr Holly Foss, BCRRE Director of Education, comment on their experiences in dealing with teaching under Covid-19 constraints. This blog is extracted from an article which is published in this month’s International Rail Journal. The global Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact our lives and has … Continue reading “Challenges and opportunities, teaching online during a global pandemic”

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”

What did it take to get HydroFLEX onto the mainline?

Charles Calvert, PhD student in the BCRRE Power and Traction research group and Lead Systems Engineer for HydroFLEX takes us through the history of HydroFLEX and some of the key technical challenges the team resolved in order to take the train successfully onto the UK mainline – the first Hydrogen train ever to run on … Continue reading “What did it take to get HydroFLEX onto the mainline?”