UKRRIN Rail Research Activity

As founder members of the UK Rail Research Innovation Network (UKRRIN), we're working with partners at the University of Sheffield on an ambitious programme of rail-related research activity, supported by Research England. 

Research students can regularly be seen working at our R&D facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, making use of jointly developed bespoke rail research equipment. Similarly, our employees who hold visiting research positions at the university work alongside students and staff at their world-class research facilities.

We currently have sponsored students working on:

Last year, our researchers presented work on high-speed optical monitoring of rail/wheel twin-disc tests at the World Congress on Rail Research in Birmingham, and on rail steel damage characterisation at the Contact Mechanics conference in Melbourne, Australia, as well as a prize-winning poster presentation at the International Student Conference in Metallic Materials.

Research Student Jacob Whittle with his winning poster at the Advanced Metallic Systems conference in Dublin.

Research Student Jacob Whittle with his winning poster
at the Advanced Metallic Systems conference in Dublin.


Keep an eye out for a series of upcoming publications detailing some of our work on steel sleeper testing, twin-disc testing, rail steel damage models, and advanced optical monitoring for rail test systems!

To find out more about our team, check out our recent profile pieces on research student Adam Wilby and R&D universities lead Jacob Corteen.

We're always looking to the future, and we're currently jointly advertising an EngD research position via the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems: