The railway research has ranged from NDT/radar assessment of masonry arch railway bridges, through geophysical identification of abandoned mineshafts, condition monitoring of fouling of railway ballast and concrete slab track using GPR (radar) and impulse response through to numerical modelling of ground borne vibrations from high speed trains using the University of Edinburgh's supercomputer and the world leading radar modelling software GprMax
Our PhD students have won over 10 awards from the ICE, plus various best paper and poster awards. We have graduated 8 PhDs in railway engineering. In addition we sponsor the International conference series: "Railway Engineering" - the 13th conference in the series, Railway Engineering-2015, will be held 1st-2nd July 2015 at Imperial College London, UK. (www.railwayengineering.com)
Working with our research sponsors (Network Rail, Carillion Rail and EPSRC) we have achieved new understandings in the NDT of masonry arch bridges, geophysical identification of abandoned mineshafts, condition monitoring of railway ballast and slabtrack, plus new understanding of ground borne vibrations from high speed trains.
The Edinburgh group comprises: Professors Mike Forde and Yong Lu, Drs Martin Crapper, Antonis Giannopoulos, Robert De Bold; PhD student Weizhi Fan and Masters students Michelle Lim and Stoil Ivanov.