HORIBA MIRA has many years of experience in providing test and engineering support to the rail sector. Drawing on our background knowledge and experience from the automotive sector, combined with a pool of knowledge from within the rail industry, HORIBA MIRA is proud to be able to provide engineering expertise and experience in a growing number of technical disciplines.
A key strength within HORIBA MIRA is the experience developed by our safety experts in the areas of rail accident research and investigation to support development of new standards to improve the safety of occupants.
Utilising CAE and impact simulation test methods, HORIBA MIRA can provide suppliers to the rail sector with cost efficient methods to develop products that are lightweight and perform to the required safety standards. In addition HORIBA MIRA’s vehicle crash test laboratory enables development of front end structures prior to full scale testing which are conducted in partnership with Motorail Logistics at their test site in Long Marston.
In addition to skills within rail safety, HORIBA MIRA is also able to offer test and engineering excellence across several other areas to support the rail sector in developing safer and greener transportation solutions.
Wind tunnels and computational fluid dynamics are used to improve fuel consumption and reduce the carbon footprint
MIRA offers test expertise in large vehicle climatic wind tunnels
Electro Magnetic Compatibility of electrical and electronic systems are tested in our EMC facilities
For usage surveys
HORIBA MIRA offers expertise in support of recognised technologies which can be used to help understand pedestrian movement
MIRA has long stood at the forefront of train crashworthiness by offering a complete spectrum of services from full scale impact testing to the design of the latest standards for occupant injury criteria.
MIRA's fluids engineering provides state-of-the-art capabilities for the aerodynamic development of modern high-speed trains. Our aerodynamics team uses state of the art CFD simulation techniques to optimise exterior locomotive design and inter-car spacing in order to reduce aerodynamic drag and deliver substantial energy and fuel savings.
MIRA offer rail seating solutions to meet UK, Federal and potential European requirements. We offer services from validation testing of an existing design to complete turnkey solutions. Having the complete array of testing facilities, rail safety expertise, design and computer simulation capabilities means that we are able to design high performing, low weight rail interior solutions.
MIRA has the capability to conduct full scale rail crash testing at the Long Marston facility near Stratford upon Avon Warwickshire. Operated by the Rail Alliance, the facility provides the optimum location for conducting structural crash testing to the European TSI and EN15227 scenarios 1 and 2.
MIRA has two state of the art climatic wind tunnels (CWTs). These facilities allow our customers to test their products under a wide range of wind speeds while exposed to different global environmental conditions. This enables customers development time-scales to be further compressed, delivering 'right first time' products into markets faster and more cost effectively than their competitors.
MIRA has the UK’s only full scale aerodynamic wind tunnel providing a cost-effective solution for aerodynamic test and development for a wide range of applications from automotive vehicle development, motorsport, aerospace, wind engineering, structures and sport sectors to name but a few.
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