The research activities of the Railway Engineering group are for a large part funded by external resources. Most of the studies are industry driven, aiming to get insight or solve the problems for which practice needs answers. Based on the questions from practice, the Railway group then formulates research projects in which the answers will be found by performing fundamental studies. Part of the studies have a fundamental character, focussing on the development of micromechanical models and numerical investigation methods.
Our team is involved in a wide range of research activities combining various technical and scientific disciplines in the domain of railway engineering that are a key factor in the approach of the research programme. Research subjects are complicated and specialised in nature. In order to respond effectively a thematic approach was adopted in which specific angles are covered.
An essential element of the research approach is the practice-oriented testing and verification of the findings and conclusions of the studies. In order to conduct groundbreaking research, Railway Engineering has therefore as set of scientific but practice simulating facilities. This allow to test the practicality of models through simulations on computers but also in real-life situations in the railway network. The ability to test the technical and scientific models, theories and methods in railway engineering is something not many other universities have. This provides TU Delft with a leading position in the world of rail engineering science.