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University of Huddersfield

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) provides specialist industrial research, consultancy and technology development for a wide range of national and international partners across the railway industry. With over 25 years’ experience and a team of 35 multi-disciplinary staff, the IRR is internationally recognised for its delivery of high profile industrial and academic research. With key projects under the Horizon2020 Shift2Rail programme, Innovate UK, EPSRC and UKRRIN funding streams together with industrial research for companies including HS2, Crossrail, London Underground, RSSB and Network Rail, the IRR has a strong and proven track record in delivering high quality technical work across a range of engineering specialities.

University of Huddersfield

Academy partner services related to MiniProf data

  • On-site data collection and measurement of wheels, rails and switches and crossings
  • Rail vehicle dynamic simulation
  • Investigation of wheel-rail interface issues
  • Prediction and optimisation of asset life
  • Full scale laboratory testing using our unique HAROLD test rig
  • Development of evidence based engineering standards
  • Grinding and lubrication strategies
  • Wheel-rail interface technical assurance for new build railways
  • Derailment investigation
  • Wheel and rail maintenance ‘digital twins’

Contact details

Institute of Railway Research
Laura Annie Willson Building
University of Huddersfield

Contact person:
Julian Stow
Phone: +44 01484 257184
E mail:

There are no financial ties between Greenwood Engineering and the Academy partner, except for specific agreed projects. Any sales or services agreed between the MiniProf user and the MiniProf Academy partner are settled directly between the two parties.

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