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Research project

Railway Track for the 21st Century


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).
  • Groundwater and groundwater control.
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Other researchers

Professor John Preston

Professor in Rail Transport

Research interests

  • Demand, capacity and cost modelling for sustainable transport infrastructure.
  • The design, monitoring and evaluation of transport interventions designed to promote sustainable choices.
  • The determination of pathways for future mobility transitions to net zero carbon.
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Professor David Thompson MA PhD CEng FIMechE FIOA FHEA

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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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Daniel Bull, Joel Smethurst, Gerrit Meijer, Ian Sinclair, Fabrice Pierron, Tiina Roose, William Powrie & Glyn Bengough, 2021, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 478(2257)
Type: article
Xianying Zhang, David Thompson, Hongseok Jeong, Martin Toward, David Herron, Chris Jones & Nicolas Vincent, 2019, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 468
Type: article
Xianying Zhang, David Thompson, Erika Quaranta & Giacomo Squicciarini, 2019, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 461
Type: article