Research is annually undertaken by final year Civil Engineering students and Master's students. The Chair focuses strongly on track infrastructure research and is active in the following fields:


  • Conventional ballasted and non-conventional track structure performance
  • Numerical  modeling  of  track  structures  and  vehicle/track Interaction
  • Formation failure, repair and investigation
  • Standard laboratory testing of rails, fasteners, sleepers and ballast
  • Development  of  track  deflection  measurement  systems
  • Development of non-destructive track condition monitoring technologies (e.g. Ground Penetrating Radar)
  • Stress and strain measurement systems
  • Measurement of Stress Free Temperature in continuously welded rails (CWR)
  • Track maintenance models
  • Maintenance limits and condition monitoring
  • Asset management and maintenance management strategies and philosophies
The Chair in Railway Engineering at the University of Pretoria is kindly sponsored by Transnet freight rail, the largest division of Transnet Limited. 

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