A leading railway engineering academic has been appointed the new railway Research Chair by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is being co-funded by rail industry body, RSSB.
Professor Roger Lewis is renowned for his work at the University of Sheffield on how train wheels interact with the rails. His work includes examining the issue of low adhesion, often caused by weather conditions, vegetation, other debris and contamination on the line, and which costs an estimated £345 million a year to the UK's rail network.
RSSB is the industry sponsor for the prestigious five-year position which will help strengthen the close research partnership with the University of Sheffield, and fuel further research on the wheel/rail interface topic.
Luisa Moisio, Research and Development Programme Director at RSSB said “We’re delighted to be investing in deeper collaboration between industry and academia on this crucial topic area. This gives our members in rail access to the cutting edge of academic insight into the issues most affecting their performance today, and so this really is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Professor Lewis is giving an inaugural lecture at the University of Sheffield on 26 March, where he will discuss his future plans for railway “tribology” research and ambitions as Research Chair.
Roger Lewis (centre) with (left to right) Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Director of the Leonardo Centre for Tribology and Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Tribology, University of Sheffield; Giulia Lorenzini, Senior Partnerships and Grants Manager, RSSB; and PhD students from the Integrated Tribology Centre of Doctoral Training, Matt Harmon, Tom Butcher, Will Skipper and Anup Chalisey.