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Welcome to the research catalogue. 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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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
Research Project
COF-UOS-03
End Date: 2021
Complete
A feasibility study to analyse the effects of enhanced sand products on track circuit operation, part of the RSSB and University of Sheffield… Read More
Research Project
T1210
End Date: 2022
Complete
Developing guidance on multiple unit sander maintenance processes and vehicle integration principles. Read More
Research Project
COF-MLD-03
End Date: 2024
Underway
A PhD studentship to explore how digital systems for late technology adopting passengers can be improved or adapted, in order to overcome barriers. Read More
Research Project
IMP-T1107 & COF-BRP
End Date: 2019
Complete
Low adhesion braking benefits of Double Variable Rate Sanders (DVRS) have been comprehensively demonstrated in full-scale track testing and a… Read More
Research Project
COF-LAD and T1181
End Date: 2020
Complete
This research evaluated the effectiveness of railhead treatments in greater granularity and over a longer timeframe than previous projects. It also… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-39
End Date: 2019
Complete
The purpose of this project was to better understand and predict plastic flows in rails and wheels in a variety of situations. Read More
Research Project
COF-G19-01
End Date: 2021
Complete
This grant project has developed test specifications for assessing the performance of Top of Rail Friction Management products and traction gels that… Read More
Research Project
T1077
End Date: 2016
Complete
The purpose of this project was to develop a model to predict the effect of water in the wheel/rail contact patch, which has been validated by… Read More
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Research Project
T1046
End Date: 2015
Complete
The aim of this project was to determine how the increased use of train borne sanders would affect the risk associated with wrong side track circuit… Read More
Research Project
T540
End Date: 2009
Complete
The aim of this research, led by the Adhesion Working Group, was to provide requirement specifications to construct adhesion management system (AMS)… Read More
Research Project
T959
End Date: 2014
Complete
This research sought to determine sensing requirements for onboard detection of low adhesion and develop processing techniques that can detect low… Read More
Research Project
COF-E14-02
End Date: 2019
Complete
The aim of this research was to develop a low-cost recording device that can measure leaf fall at a high spatial and temporal resolution, to enhance… Read More
Research Project
T1156
End Date: 2019
Complete
This project explored: the information drivers need in low adhesion conditions; how the current information provided influences how trains are driven;… Read More
Research Project
COF-FCA-02
End Date: 2019
Complete
Demonstrating techniques for evaluating low adhesion forecasts at a range of temporal and spatial scales with a view to developing future standards. Read More
Research Project
COF-FCA-03
End Date: 2020
Complete
What improvements could be made in adhesion forecasting if data already collected by the industry were used to build a rich picture of the adhesion… Read More
Research Project
T1149
End Date: 2020
Complete
This project aimed to predict the effect of leaves on adhesion in the wheel/rail contact, updating the existing Water-Induced Low Adhesion Creep force… Read More
Research Project
T1221
End Date: 2022
Complete
Evidence-based guidance on low-adhesion driving policies, to enable a more consistent and effective approach to traction and braking under… Read More
Research Project
COF-UOS-05
End Date: 2024
Underway
A PhD studentship to improve understanding of low adhesion friction in transience, and develop an on-train prediction system. Read More
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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-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-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-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-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