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Public views sought on railway station security

The EU SecureStation project is seeking the views of the travelling public regarding security at railway stations. The project is looking at how to reduce the risks of general crime, fire, and the extreme of a terrorist attack, and is asking the public’s views on different security measures. Find out more and take part in

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Award Ceremony

Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division prize awarded

The paper “Studs: a squat-type defect in rails” written by MERail researcher David Fletcher in collaboration with authors from Tubelines, Railmeasurement Ltd and Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico, has been awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division AR Bennett Premium Award 2013. The paper describes work identifying the growth mechanism of a new and

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RRUKA Conference presentations

Jon Paragreen and Adam Beagles presented aspects of their research (SecureStation and SustRail respectively) at the RRUKA annual conference at the Royal Society in London on 7th November 2012. Presentations and short papers are available for download.

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EU project ENCOUNTER begins

MERail at Sheffield is a partner in the new EU research project ENCOUNTER. This project aims to assess current state of the art capability in both neutralisation of small scale improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and in mitigation of the effects of a detonated IED. Transport systems have previously been targeted with these devices and this

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EU project SecureStation begins

MERail at Sheffield is a partner in the major EU research project SecureStation. This project aims to improve rail passenger station and terminal design for safety, security and resilience to terrorist attack. It runs for 3 years, from 2011 until 2014.

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EU project SustRail begins

MERail at Sheffield is a partner in the major EU research project SustRail: The sustainable freight railway. This project aims to design the freight vehicle – track system for higher delivered tonnage with improved availability at reduced cost. It runs for 4 years, from 2011 until 2015.

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PhD position available

Understanding of train-track interaction and rail metallurgical response EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship with University of Sheffield and London Underground. Start in September 2011 Summary: This 3.5 year PhD project offers academic research at the University of Sheffield alongside professional engineering work with London Underground. The project aims to find ways of preventing rail defects

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3rd year students

3rd year student project with Siemens

3rd year students are undertaking a wheel wear study with Siemens. To get the study started the group visited the Siemens depot in Northampton with Dr David Fletcher to learn about management of the train fleet, and engineering issues affecting wheel wear.

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