The refurbished TRAIN rig will facilitate research into air pollution, pressure transients and sonic booms. The new firing mechanism will ensure that the model trains can continue to run at real speeds as well as enabling a 150m double track to simulate passing trains.

The additional capability will enhance the existing rig and enable continued excellent research and industrial testing. The key features are:

  • 150m double track
  • Model scale between 1/25th and 1/10th
  • Top speeds of 80m/s
  • Tunnel and open air simulations with cross wind capabilities
  • Pressure, velocity, force, pollutant and acoustic measurements

This will enable research and industry testing in the following areas (although not limited to these):

  • Pressure transients of vehicles in tunnels
  • Tunnel sonic boom studies
  • Slipstream and wake measurements
  • Vehicle underbody flow measurements
  • Forces on trackside and roadside structures
  • Cross wind force measurements
  • Vehicle drag measurements
  • Vehicle pollution dispersion measurements

We expect to complete the refurbishment of the TRAIN rig over a 6-month period during the summer of 2017. If you have any questions about the use of the facility, any research ideas or work you would like to commission in the facility, please contact Professor Chris Baker.