Revolutionary transport research

02 May 2008 00:01:00.000

The first ever showcase of world-leading transport research at The University of Nottingham takes place on campus on May 8, 2008.

Engineers, psychologists and computer scientists working on revolutionary projects in dozens of specialist fields are gathering for the University of Nottingham Transport Research Showcase - taking in the very latest work at the cutting edge of road, rail, aerospace and maritime transport.

The University of Nottingham is home to one of the largest and most advanced programmes of transport research in the UK, ranging from rocket fuel to road surfaces, and railway signalling to road accidents. Academic researchers work in partnership with industry to improve manufacturing competitiveness, deliver new technologies and provide innovative solutions.

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Current work takes in areas such as hydrogen fuel cells, rail maintenance, advanced composite materials, motorcycle ergonomics, aeroengine systems and components, geotechnics, driver behaviour, location technology and geospatial science, high precision manufacturing, the use of X-rays to look inside construction materials such as asphalt, and many other areas.

The Showcase on May 8 is a cross-faculty event intended to bring together all transport research activities across the University, and is aimed at large employers, consultants and researchers in the transport field, transport operators and local authorities. It will be held from 10am to 4.15pm in the Pope building, rooms A13 & A14, on the University Park campus.

One of the event organisers is Dr Sarah Sharples of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.

Dr Sharples said: “The University of Nottingham is carrying out world-leading research in transport and we have a depth and breadth of expertise here that is unparalleled in UK higher education. The work going on here is aimed at solving some of the key problems in the field of 21st century transport.”

Professor David Clarke, Chair of the University Transport Strategy Group, said: “Across the faculties of Science and Engineering over 100 researchers conduct research projects valued at over £8million per year.  This event will showcase the highlights of this activity.”

As well as keynote speakers from the University of Nottingham, including Professor David Greenaway, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, there will be speakers from Network Rail, Rolls-Royce and the Highways Agency. An exhibition will give opportunities for guests to view demonstrations on:

  • A full-scale railway test facility, and geotechnical centrifuge
  • Train and bike simulator
  • Automated assembly of aero-engine structural components
  • Waterjet cutting facilities.

University of Nottingham Transport Research takes in the Schools of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, Computer Science, Psychology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Specialist areas include:

  • Advanced materials research for engineering solutions in rail, road and aerospace sectors
  • Human factors research in ergonomics and safety, including accident causation and hazard perception work
  • Integrated transport systems including global positioning technology
  • Electrical power and propulsion systems for land vehicles and aircraft.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Clare Drummond, on

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for three years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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More information is available from Dr Sarah Sharples , School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 951 4196,
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Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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