The Engineering Field of Research is an important discipline in CQUniversity’s research profile. In the reporting period the engineering discipline was core to the Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE) and research groups within the School. These centres and groupings include concentrations of Mechanical, Materials, Civil and Electrical engineering staff along with the interdisciplinary areas of Control and Maintenance.
The research has been focused on particular industries and includes many inter-disciplinary projects and outputs. The research is generally applied and a high percentage of activity is directly financed by industry partners. The CRE hosted the first CRC for Railway Engineering and Technology 2000-2007 and was a strong provider to the second CRC for Rail Innovation (2007-2014) and is now a major participant in Rail Manufacturing CRC. CRE therefore has strong partnerships with railway companies Australia wide as well as in the Bowen Basin coal rail systems. CRE has also been successful in near market development grants provided by the Queensland State Government.
In the 2018 ERA results, CQUniversity achieved a rating of 4 in Engineering (FoR 09) and a rating of 5 in both Electrical Engineering (FoR 0906) and Mechanical Engineering (FoR 0913), which means that research in these areas is rated above and well above world standard.
EI2018 – Case Study
Safer and More Efficient Heavy Haul Railways from Enhanced Train Dynamics
The rail industry is enjoying safer and more efficient train operation, better initial track design, lower maintenance and energy costs as a direct result of research conducted by CQUniversity’s Centre for Railway Engineering. By improving the industry’s understanding of rail vehicle design and dynamics, the management and control of trains, and enhancing the ability to monitor rolling stock, the Centre has played a key role in lifting the management and performance of heavy haul rail operations in Australia and overseas.
Railway companies, rail planners and rail manufacturers are among the beneficiaries of the advances and application of the technology. Rail safety standards have also been improved by contributions of the research to the rail vehicle dynamic behaviour standard–AS7509:2017.
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Centre for Railway Engineering
CRE has a strong customer focus and endeavours to build robust partnerships between its researchers and the rail industry.