Design Expertise

Design Engineering Capabilities

Complementing the strong links with the University of Sheffield, L.B. Foster Rail Technologies has a wealth of design expertise both in Sheffield and across our other divisions globally.

Cross divisional research and development groups ensure that the latest technologies being developed globally are all incorporated into successful local solutions.

L.B. Foster Rail Technologies’ engineering and product development capabilities in Sheffield include:

  • Product design and development
  • Product evaluation and testing
  • Fatigue & life cycle testing
  • In-house 3D modeling and finite element analysis capability
  • Capability of custom designing a product from concept to functional product based on customer needs

Strong Academic Links

L.B. Foster Rail Technologies has strong links with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. The university has a strong railway engineering history, in particular in the field of friction, lubrication and wear.

As part of its extensive research capabilities it has small and large scale testing facilities, including the SUROS rail-wheel twin disc machine.

L.B. Foster Rail Technologies supports the University of Sheffield on a number of levels including backing of PHD students, testing of friction management and track component products, and direct sponsorship of research projects such as CASE and KTP programmes.

Our Purpose

Improve the design and supply of products and services required to enhance the performance of rail networks