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Research project

Powrie - Track Systems for High Speed Railways: Getting it Right


Lead researcher

Professor William Powrie

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Research interests

  • Railway track and trackbed behaviour and performance.
  • Geotechnical transportation infrastructure (earthworks, retaining walls, tunnels).

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Other researchers

Doctor Antonios Zervos

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • The mechanics of railway ballast and ballasted track.
  • The mechanics of catastrophic landslides.

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Professor David Thompson MA PhD CEng FIMechE FIOA FHEA

Professor in Railway Noise And Vibration

Research interests

  • Low noise design in railways
  • Ground vibration and ground-borne noise

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Doctor Zhiwei Hu

Associate Professor

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Doctor Joel Smethurst BEng PhD GMICE FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • The effects of vegetation and climate on the performance of earthworks (cuttings and embankments)
  • The stabilisation of both infrastructure slopes and large landslides using discretely spaced piles

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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Chi Liu,
Michael Griffin,
& Mani Entezami
, 2019 , Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
Type: article
Jianyue Zhu,
, 2017 , Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics , 166 , 20--28
Type: article
D. Soper,
C. Baker,
A. Jackson,
L. Le Pen,
, 2017 , Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics , 169 , 251--264
Type: article
A. Duley,
L. Le Pen,
M. Peter,
& C. Andrew
, 2015
Type: conference
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