Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Understanding and Controlling Noise and Vibration from Railways

22 April 2013

Railways are an environmentally friendly means of transport but noise and vibration are increasingly becoming a source of objection to new developments and existing operations. Crossrail and HS2 are two recent high profile examples in the UK.

David discussed the sources of noise and vibration and their physical mechanisms. These include rolling noise, curve squeal, aerodynamic noise and ground-borne noise and vibration, all of which have different characteristics and influencing factors. How are these sounds and vibrations generated? How do they propagate into the surroundings? What are the prospects for reducing them?




Presented by David Thompson, Professor of Railway Noise and Vibration, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton

David Thompson is Professor of Railway Noise and Vibration at the ISVR, University of Southampton and has spent 30 years studying noise and vibration from railways. He has written over 100 journal papers and his book 'Railway Noise and Vibration: Mechanisms, Modelling and Means of Control' was published in 2008.

He studied mathematics at Cambridge and has a PhD from Southampton. He previously worked at BR Research and TNO in the Netherlands before joining ISVR in 1996.

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: Presented by David Thompson, Professor of Railway Noise and Vibration, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton

David has spent 30 years studying noise and vibration from railways. He has written over 100 journal papers and his book, Railway Noise and Vibration: Mechanisms, Modelling and Means of Control, was published in 2008.
David studied mathematics at Cambridge and has a PhD from Southampton. He previously worked at BR Research and TNO in the Netherlands before joining ISVR in 1996.

Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes