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18th July 2019
€4m project is under way to train next generation of 5G experts

A new generation of experts in 5G networks will be trained by the University of Huddersfield, which has been awarded funding of more than a million euros for its central role in a Europe-wide project involving ten academic and industrial partners. There will be a focus on embedding artificial intelligence into 5G systems, the use of drone-based technology to improve communications, and new 'beam-forming' antennae that will direct a separate ...

3D Printing
4th April 2019
Patent for innovation using particle beams in 3D printing

The precision engineering company, Reliance Precision, is working with the University of Huddersfield to develop intricate, high-strength components for the aerospace industry and medical implants among others. A £2 million-plus research collaboration between University of Huddersfield scientists and a leading specialist engineering firm will add a whole new dimension to 3D printing. 

1st March 2019
Foundation for decomposition discovery aids medicine

Product design and manufacture will be the big beneficiary of the results of a five-year £914,000 EPSRC-funded Fellowship project following the discovery of a unique mathematical foundation for decomposition, the process of separating a product into its constituent elements.

18th July 2018
Major rail engineering research projects bring innovative solutions

It has been announced that RAIL Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have taken part in a £16m European project designed to find ways of boosting the capacity, reliability and cost effectiveness of Europe’s railways. 

11th April 2018
Lightweight carbon fibre used on a rail bogie frame

Made from recycled carbon fibre, this new type of rail vehicle bogies could lead to major savings for operators, with a 50% reduction in weight meaning a huge reduction in track wear and energy and maintenance costs. A research team at the University of Huddersfield plan to now carry out exhaustive tests to ensure that the concept can fulfil its potential.

16th March 2018
Minimising maintenance for London’s new Elizabeth line

As London’s new £14.8bn Elizabeth line becomes operational in December 2018, it will carry an estimated 200 million passengers a year. Research at the University of Huddersfield has helped ensure that trains will run reliably and safely on one of the world’s busiest lines. At the University’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), Assistant Director Dr Paul Allen has been working on the project – previously k...

26th February 2018
Rail Minister announces Centre of Excellence in rolling stock

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield is now a Centre of Excellence for the new £90m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), launched at a special event in Westminster. The ultimate aim, pledges Rail Minister Jo Johnson, is to deliver the biggest modernisation programme since Victorian times, meaning more frequent trains and quicker and more comfortable journeys.

2nd February 2018
Active charge air cooling system for turbo-charged engines

  The work of a University of Huddersfield professor and his collaborator, an innovative engineer has been hailed by global experts as they are developing technology that can boost the performance of engines while improving fuel economy and lowering emissions.

31st January 2018
Project to make maintenance more effective on railways

  Experts at the University of Huddersfield are playing a central role in a £680,000 project designed to transform the maintenance of rail vehicles - and they will test their new techniques on the hard-working trains operated by London Underground.

17th January 2018
Durable rail bogies turns to carbon fibre and 3D printing

New generations of railway vehicles with carbon fibre frames and key components made using the latest 3D printing technology could be the result of new research at the University of Huddersfield. The investigation of novel materials and manufacturing processes is being carried out by the University’s Institute for Railway Research, which has been awarded funding of almost £300,000 as part of an EU-backed project to develop lighte...

11th January 2018
Network Rail prioritises safety and electric power

Network Rail plans to harness the expertise of researchers at the University of Huddersfield in order to solve some of the most pressing issues facing modern railways, such as reliability of electric power supplies and how to maximise safety. Sir Peter Hendy, who chairs Network Rail – the public body that owns and manages most of the network in England, Scotland and Wales – paid a special visit to the University’s Institute of R...

18th December 2017
Firearms and ammunition to be as accurate as DNA

DNA evidence has transformed the fight against crime. Now, a University of Huddersfield professor and his team have begun research which aims to ensure for the first time that evidence from firearms and ammunition achieves the similar degree of scientific accuracy. They will do this using new developments in metrology – the science of measurement.

11th October 2017
Rail workers experience 'close calls' on hand-held devices

No matter what the hour and conditions rail workers are trackside. Whilst performing their work they can use hand-held devices to send on-the-spot reports when they encounter anything untoward that raises safety concerns. The result is a huge, expanding and potentially very valuable database of these ‘close calls’ and it could make a big contribution to improvements in railway safety.

19th September 2017
Could fibre optics be the way forward to detect faults on railways?

  Fibre optic cables could make a major contribution to the safety and maintenance of railways. Installed alongside the tracks, they are capable of detecting a huge range of soundwaves that might signify the early emergence of problems, such as damage to the rails.

8th August 2017
Major international project looks at the future for rail freight

The bold and ambitious plan to double European freight amounts carried by rail could be put on hold as it depends on the development of lighter-weight bogies produced using stronger steels and innovative manufacturing techniques, according to findings by experts at the University of Huddersfield.

25th July 2017
Significant investment made in rolling stock innovation

In an effort to establish the UK as a world leader in rail technology, the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield is to play a key role in the development of the ‘Rolling Stock Innovation Centre’.

26th May 2017
University of Huddersfield recognised as leading ion beam centre

Following the completion of a £3.5m research facility, the University of Huddersfield has been established as one of Europe’s leading centres for the use of ion beams as a tool for the investigation of issues ranging from nuclear technology and nanoparticles to semiconductors and the effects of radiation exposure on materials in space. Europe has three transmission electron microscopes with in situ ion beam research facilities and two...

17th May 2017
University of Huddersfield joins UK National Ion Beam Centre

The University of Huddersfield’s facilities in accelerator science have led to it becoming a partner in a new £8.8m centre that will boost UK and European ion beam research, leading to breakthroughs in fields that range from nuclear safety and chemical analysis to minute power sources for personal devices. Newly launched is the UK National Ion Beam Centre (UKNIBC), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ...

24th April 2017
Sir Patrick Stewart boldly goes into the metrology future

The man who piloted the Starship Enterprise was given a glimpse of the scientific future at the University of Huddersfield. Famous actor Sir Patrick Stewart – who played Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation on TV and film – is Emeritus Chancellor at the University. On his latest visit, he worked closely with young actors and film studies students, but he was also shown some of the scientific and technological researc...

25th November 2016
Optical technology detects tiny defects in thin films

Barrier coatings are vital to coated papers and flexible solar modules to protect against external influences that may impair quality. EU-funded scientists developed a metrology system for fast measurement of defects present in thin barrier films, aiding the manufacture of roll-to-roll barrier coatings in large volumes. Small defects in thin films used in products such as polymer-coated paper and low-cost, flexible PVs can decrease product q...

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