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Research Catalogue

Welcome to the RSSB research catalogue. The catalogue contains all projects from the 20+ years of the RSSB rail research programme. Please be mindful of the publication date when accessing findings and guidance.

Search by entering a title, keyword(s) or project reference number below (e.g. "wayfinding" or T1010 or COF-INP-05) or use the filters to narrow down options.

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Applied filters: Complete (x) Underway (x) In Preparation (x) Sustainability (x) Capacity (x) Adhesion (x) Wheel-rail interface (x) Braking systems (x) Vehicle track dynamics (x) Rolling stock testing (x) Infrastructure asset management (x) Track design and components (x) Train design - Components (x) Rolling stock maintenance (x) Customer services for passengers (x) Safety data collection (x) Other - Operations (x) Adaptation to climate change (x) Safety decision support (x) Other - Infrastructure (x) Rolling stock passenger comfort (x) Other - Safety and risk (x) Attitudes and behaviour (x) Signalling - Train detection systems (x) Other - Energy and electrification (x) Human performance (x) Customer services for freight (x) Sustainable development (x) Rolling stock asset management (x) Risk models (x) Aerodynamics (x) Operational Safety (x) Other - Policy and decision making (x) Smart grids and energy harvesting (x) Railways Interoperability (x) Education and competence (x) Operation of road-rail interfaces including level crossings (x) Rolling stock interiors (x) Value from data (x) Derailment (x) On board power supplies and monitoring (x) Selection and training (x) Job design (x) Movement authorities and signalling systems (x) Traffic supervision and management (x) Energy collection systems (x) Future technologies (x) Keeping on-track staff safe (x) Safety data analysis (x) CCC asset management (x) Control and display systems (x) Revenue and ticketing (x) Signalling - People protection and warning systems including level crossings (x) CCC system integration and life cycle management (x) Security management (x) Human reliability (x) Commercial dynamics of transport (x) Stations management and passenger flow (x) Social dynamics of transport (x) Data and communications systems (x) Gauging (x) Electrical safety (x) Culture (x) Structures (x) Signalling - Train protection systems (x) Other - People behaviour and health (x) Overhead line equipment (x) Station design (x) Accident investigation and learning (x) Human Factors in event reporting (x) Equipment workplace and environmental design (x) Rolling stock condition monitoring and inspection (x) Power supply (x) Rolling stock fire performance (x) Other - Control command and communication (x) Movement of trains (x) Rail Standardisation (x) Health and wellbeing (x) Other - Interfaces (x) Other - Rolling stock (x) Train design - Structure and crashworthiness (x) Energy metering and billing (x) Whole system design and modelling (x) ADHERE (x) CLEAR (x) DECARB (x) PERFORM (x) RESILIENT (x) FREIGHT (x) Clear date filter (x)
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Research Project
COF-UOS-06
End Date: 2026
Underway
A PhD studentship looking at how contaminated rail conditions change with the weather, as well as how contamination develops and the linked changes to… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOS-05
End Date: 2025
Underway
A PhD studentship to improve understanding of low adhesion friction in transience, and develop an on-train prediction system. Read More
Research Project
COF-G24-02
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing and evaluating enzyme treatments for breaking down the black layer of leaf film that causes low adhesion on the railhead. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-79
End Date: 2024
Underway
Understanding the effect of leaf type and condition, and environmental and operational factors, on the bonding strength of the black leaf film that… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-74
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing a version of the LABRADOR low adhesion train braking simulation software that is capable of running in real time. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOS22-03
End Date: 2024
Underway
Testing the effects of enhanced sand products to reduce the risk of wheel/rail isolation and increase flow rates to improve performance in low… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-76
End Date: 2024
Underway
Testing whether Railway Group Standard traction sand could provide improved adhesion compared to coarser ‘braking’ sand. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-72
End Date: 2023
Underway
This project aims to develop and characterise leaf layers under a range of wheel loads, speeds and creepages, to understand more about the formation… Read More
Research Project
COF-ITR-03
End Date: 2023
Complete
Fundamental science reveals the mechanisms behind low adhesion and how industry can better assess low adhesion risk. Read More
Research Project
COF-ITR-04
End Date: 2023
Underway
A PhD studentship to improve the understanding of contact mechanics and friction behaviour of rough surface interfaces with third-body layers present. Read More
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Applied filters: Complete (x) Underway (x) In Preparation (x) Sustainability (x) Capacity (x) Adhesion (x) Wheel-rail interface (x) Braking systems (x) Vehicle track dynamics (x) Rolling stock testing (x) Infrastructure asset management (x) Train design - Components (x) Customer services for passengers (x) Safety data collection (x) Safety decision support (x) Other - Infrastructure (x) Track design and components (x) Rolling stock maintenance (x) Rolling stock passenger comfort (x) Other - Safety and risk (x) Attitudes and behaviour (x) Other - Operations (x) Signalling - Train detection systems (x) Adaptation to climate change (x) Human performance (x) Customer services for freight (x) Sustainable development (x) Rolling stock asset management (x) Risk models (x) Aerodynamics (x) Operational Safety (x) Smart grids and energy harvesting (x) Railways Interoperability (x) Education and competence (x) Operation of road-rail interfaces including level crossings (x) Rolling stock interiors (x) Value from data (x) Derailment (x) On board power supplies and monitoring (x) Selection and training (x) Job design (x) Movement authorities and signalling systems (x) Traffic supervision and management (x) Other - Energy and electrification (x) Energy collection systems (x) Future technologies (x) Keeping on-track staff safe (x) Safety data analysis (x) CCC asset management (x) Control and display systems (x) Revenue and ticketing (x) Signalling - People protection and warning systems including level crossings (x) CCC system integration and life cycle management (x) Security management (x) Human reliability (x) Commercial dynamics of transport (x) Stations management and passenger flow (x) Social dynamics of transport (x) Data and communications systems (x) Gauging (x) Electrical safety (x) Culture (x) Structures (x) Signalling - Train protection systems (x) Other - People behaviour and health (x) Overhead line equipment (x) Station design (x) Accident investigation and learning (x) Human Factors in event reporting (x) Equipment workplace and environmental design (x) Rolling stock condition monitoring and inspection (x) Power supply (x) Rolling stock fire performance (x) Other - Control command and communication (x) Movement of trains (x) Rail Standardisation (x) Health and wellbeing (x) Other - Interfaces (x) Other - Rolling stock (x) Train design - Structure and crashworthiness (x) Other - Policy and decision making (x) Energy metering and billing (x) Whole system design and modelling (x) ADHERE (x) CLEAR (x) DECARB (x) PERFORM (x) RESILIENT (x) FREIGHT (x) Clear date filter (x)
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Research Project
COF-UOS-06
End Date: 2026
Underway
A PhD studentship looking at how contaminated rail conditions change with the weather, as well as how contamination develops and the linked changes to… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOS-05
End Date: 2025
Underway
A PhD studentship to improve understanding of low adhesion friction in transience, and develop an on-train prediction system. Read More
Research Project
COF-G24-02
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing and evaluating enzyme treatments for breaking down the black layer of leaf film that causes low adhesion on the railhead. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-79
End Date: 2024
Underway
Understanding the effect of leaf type and condition, and environmental and operational factors, on the bonding strength of the black leaf film that… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-74
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing a version of the LABRADOR low adhesion train braking simulation software that is capable of running in real time. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOS22-03
End Date: 2024
Underway
Testing the effects of enhanced sand products to reduce the risk of wheel/rail isolation and increase flow rates to improve performance in low… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-76
End Date: 2024
Underway
Testing whether Railway Group Standard traction sand could provide improved adhesion compared to coarser ‘braking’ sand. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-72
End Date: 2023
Underway
This project aims to develop and characterise leaf layers under a range of wheel loads, speeds and creepages, to understand more about the formation… Read More
Research Project
COF-ITR-03
End Date: 2023
Complete
Fundamental science reveals the mechanisms behind low adhesion and how industry can better assess low adhesion risk. Read More
Research Project
COF-ITR-04
End Date: 2023
Underway
A PhD studentship to improve the understanding of contact mechanics and friction behaviour of rough surface interfaces with third-body layers present. Read More
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Applied filters: Complete (x) Underway (x) In Preparation (x) Sustainability (x) Capacity (x) Braking systems (x) Adhesion (x) Wheel-rail interface (x) Other - Energy and electrification (x) Train design - Components (x) Smart grids and energy harvesting (x) Railways Interoperability (x) Education and competence (x) Operation of road-rail interfaces including level crossings (x) Rolling stock interiors (x) Value from data (x) Vehicle track dynamics (x) Derailment (x) Other - Operations (x) Signalling - Train detection systems (x) On board power supplies and monitoring (x) Adaptation to climate change (x) Selection and training (x) Job design (x) Movement authorities and signalling systems (x) Safety decision support (x) Rolling stock testing (x) Other - Infrastructure (x) Traffic supervision and management (x) Energy collection systems (x) Human performance (x) Future technologies (x) Keeping on-track staff safe (x) Safety data analysis (x) Track design and components (x) CCC asset management (x) Control and display systems (x) Revenue and ticketing (x) Signalling - People protection and warning systems including level crossings (x) Rolling stock maintenance (x) CCC system integration and life cycle management (x) Customer services for freight (x) Sustainable development (x) Security management (x) Human reliability (x) Commercial dynamics of transport (x) Stations management and passenger flow (x) Social dynamics of transport (x) Data and communications systems (x) Gauging (x) Electrical safety (x) Rolling stock asset management (x) Culture (x) Rolling stock passenger comfort (x) Risk models (x) Customer services for passengers (x) Aerodynamics (x) Structures (x) Signalling - Train protection systems (x) Other - People behaviour and health (x) Other - Safety and risk (x) Overhead line equipment (x) Station design (x) Accident investigation and learning (x) Human Factors in event reporting (x) Equipment workplace and environmental design (x) Operational Safety (x) Rolling stock condition monitoring and inspection (x) Power supply (x) Rolling stock fire performance (x) Other - Control command and communication (x) Movement of trains (x) Rail Standardisation (x) Health and wellbeing (x) Other - Interfaces (x) Infrastructure asset management (x) Attitudes and behaviour (x) Other - Rolling stock (x) Train design - Structure and crashworthiness (x) Other - Policy and decision making (x) Energy metering and billing (x) Safety data collection (x) Whole system design and modelling (x) ADHERE (x) CLEAR (x) DECARB (x) PERFORM (x) RESILIENT (x) FREIGHT (x) Clear date filter (x)
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Innovation Project
SC04-POB-13
End Date: 2020
Complete
The project will create an advanced braking control system which optimises the braking performance of the existing friction and dynamic braking. It… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-15
End Date: 2019
Complete
Cryogenic (dry ice) cleaning effectively removes oxide and leaf contamination from rail. This novel technology fires cryogenic pellets at the… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-16
End Date: 2019
Complete
A robust, simple and low-cost solution to deliver improvements in adhesion by delivering a small amount of water to the rails in front of the train in… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-12
End Date: 2019
Complete
This braking solution uses known technology in a novel way to improve train braking performance, even in low-adhesion conditions. The 'Zero Wheel Slip… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-14
End Date: 2019
Complete
Using plasma technology to clear the residue from railhead, returning the surface to a dry, clean and uncontaminated state with detriment to the rail… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-04
End Date: 2016
Complete
Consistent Rail Head Conditioning System through the use of an intelligent rail head conditioning unit. In times of slip the conditioning unit will… Read More