School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Nabilah Farhat BEng

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Nabilah is a PhD student with the Control Systems Group. She graduated with a first class honours BEng in Electronics and Electrical Engineering in 2015. She is currently working with Dr. Chris Ward and Prof. Roger Dixon. She is looking at different combinations of vehicle control functionality and track switching configuration to devise safe and reliable solutions for vehicle-instead of track-based switching in trains. This can potentially improve system level performance and increase operational flexibility.

She is looking into wheel-rail dynamics and assessing different control configurations for active control of railway bogies to enhance guidance and stability. Her research will focus on the following areas:

  • Modelling wheel rail dynamics and assessing contact patch frictional energy.
  • Studying and modelling different control configurations for active control of railway bogies. This could be with conventional wheelsets or with independently rotating wheelsets.

Testing active configurations with conventional track switches and purely passive rails (no moving parts).