The University of Huddersfield, which is partnered with RSSB through the Institute of Railway Research Strategic Partnership (IRRSP) has opened a new test facility.
The £4.5million Centre for Innovation in Rail, created to fast-track new railway technology, opened earlier this month in Huddersfield. The 150-ton test rig, which was funded by the Regional Growth Fund, is the only one of its kind in Europe.
The test rig will be used to carry out a wide range of experiments on a full-sized railway bogie, enabling in-depth investigation of the issues around the contact area between the wheel and rail.
For RSSB’s members, the test rig means that innovative proposals to improve the interface between the wheel and the rail will be tested in a secure environment, allowing proof of concept to be reached more quickly. New products will therefore be able to reach the operational railway more quickly, ultimately improving the safety, capacity and customer experience, and reducing cost and carbon emissions.
In September, the strategic partnership between RSSB and the University of Huddersfield was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education (THE) award in the 'Most innovative contribution to business-university collaboration' award.