Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Mechatronic Trains - What Might They Do For Railways?

29 November 2007

The lecture will begin with an overview of mechatronic possibilities for railway vehicles, focussed upon the application to suspensions and bogies. The main technical options will be identified, and the current state-of-the-art summarised by describing some recent developments. The emphasis will be upon the potential contribution of mechatronic technologies to reducing the impact of the trains on the track, which is topical because mechatronics is one of the activities identified in the Low Impact Train Evaluation (LITE) proposal that has been submitted for EU Framework Programme 7 funding under the leadership of RSSB. The introduction of mechatronic trains presents a number of challenges, and some of the hurdles to widespread implementation will be discussed. Finally, on the assumption that these hurdles can be successfully overcome, a vision for mechatronic trains of the future will be presented.

Meet the Speaker

Roger Goodall is the Professor of Control Systems Engineering and Head of Systems Research Division at Loughborough University. Roger was educated at Ashville College, Harrogate and went on to study at Cambridge University. He spent the early days of his career at British Rail Research, based in Derby and went on to join Loughborough University as a lecturer in 1982, promoted to Senior Lecturer and then Professor in 1994. Roger is a board member and treasurer of International Association of Vehicle Systems Dynamics and editor of both Control Engineering Practice and of the Journal of Mechatronics.

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: Roger Goodall, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University

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