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Understanding the phenomena of train aerodynamics

26 September 2013 | By Chris Baker, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

In very broad terms, railway aerodynamic effects increase in severity with the square of the speed of the train – and historically came to become of concern as the speed of passenger trains increased beyond around 100km/h. In the first instance, attention was paid to reducing the aerodynamic drag of…

Optimal Networks for Train Integration Management across Europe

23 May 2013 | By Clive Roberts, Director for Railway Research, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and Professor of Railway Systems at the University of Birmingham & Lei Chen, Research Fellow, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham

Throughout Europe, many of the existing mainline railways are heavily congested, resulting in services being very susceptible to minor delays and disturbances. There is therefore a need to find new methods to make better use of the existing capability of the system through improved management of train delays and other…

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