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Developing system models to help Great Britain's railways embrace innovative technologies with confidence

Bouch, Christopher J. (Mr) and Roberts, Clive (Prof) (2013) Developing system models to help Great Britain's railways embrace innovative technologies with confidence. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 227 (6). pp. 677-684. ISSN 0954-4097

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Railways are under pressure to become more efficient and cut their costs; innovation has a part to play in achieving these goals. The railway is, however, a complex and closely coupled system, making it difficult in the early stages of development, to be clear what the system-wide impact of innovation will be. The research covered in this paper stems from the idea that computer-based models of existing systems can help overcome this problem, by providing a baseline framework against which the impact of innovation can be identified. The paper describes development of a repeatable modelling methodology, which elicits
objective system data from Railway Group Standards and integrates it using CORE®, a powerful system modelling tool, to create system models. The ability of such models to help identify impacts is verified, using as an example the introduction of RailBAM (a new technology that acoustically monitors the health of rolling stock axle bearings) into the existing hot axle bearing detection system.

Type of Work:Article
Date:01 November 2013 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Civil Engineering

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Keywords:Model-based systems engineering, innovation, railway group standards, CORE®
Subjects:TF Railroad engineering and operation
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
ID Code:1446
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