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Mr Curtis Asare BEng, MEng

PHD Research Student

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Curtis Asare is a postgraduate student within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

His research focus is in improving the performance of railway infrastructure assets. He is currently researching into the performance and optimisation of fixed diamond element of switches and crossings.

Interests outside academia include playing sports, in particular basketball. He also likes researching and driving high performance cars.

BEng Civil Engineering, MEng Civil Engineering – Coventry University

Research interests

Performance of Railway Assets

MPhil/PhD Research

Performance of fixed diamonds in complex railway S&C

Affiliated with Network Rail

Dr louis lepen, Dr William Powrie

Research Projects

Current Research:

Switches and crossings (S&C) constitute about 1% of the UK railway network by route distance yet account for some 20% of track maintenance and renewal costs. This is partly because by their nature they are complex structures that attract high and otherwise onerous loads. There is however a growing appreciation that they are not generally optimised in a systems sense, and that more could be done by way of improved design and maintenance methods to improve their performance and longevity.

Recent research has focused on understanding the real behaviour of switches and how it is influenced by their component parts. This project will extend that work to the fixed diamond element of crossings. It will involve field monitoring of fixed diamonds at 1-3 problematic or other locations on the UK network, to obtain baseline behaviour of actual performance. These data will be used to develop models of crossing behaviour for use in geotechnical and / or vehicle-track interaction (VTI) models, possibly in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield.

Affiliate research groups

Centre of Doctorial Training in Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities (CDT – STC), University of Huddersfield.

Supporting Undergraduate Students with lab work


Mr Curtis Asare
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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