Professor David Thompson

Professor David Thompson

Professor of Railway Noise and Vibration

Research interests

  • Low noise design in railways
  • Ground vibration and ground-borne noise
  • Aerodynamic noise from high-speed trains

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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David Thompson is an internationally recognised expert in the area of railway noise and vibration who has devoted his career to making trains quieter.

His research is dominated by the noise and vibration of railways, particularly the reduction of rolling noise, aerodynamic noise and ground vibration. In his work he aims to develop appropriate theoretical models to achieve this. He has worked in many EU-funded collaborative projects and acts as a consultant to many companies in the rail industry.

"To reduce noise effectively you first have to understand it. This is the reason we do modelling and experiments, in order to increase our understanding and hence to be better able to control noise."