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Welcome to the Transportation Research Group

Introduction to the TRG


Since the early 1980s, researchers in the Transport Research Group have been investigating the dynamics of heavy goods vehicles, their road-damaging characteristics as well as their safety, productivity and fuel consumption. The group is unusual in its cross-disciplinary approach, investigating projects spanning areas from heavy vehicle dynamics, safety and suspension design; to weigh-in-motion, vehicle-road interaction, and the failure mechanisms of asphalt pavements and paving materials.

A substantial proportion of the work is concerned with the dynamics, safety, productivity and CO2 emissions of heavy vehicles.  This work is undertaken with industrial partners from the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium (CVDC) and the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF).

For more information on our different research areas, please see our research themes - or click on an image below...

Rutted A-Road Potholes due to dynamic loading Load Measuring Mat

Fuel Consumption Model Semi-Active Damper image_2G-valve

Three-point bend test on asphalt beam Finite element analysis of 3-point bend specimen CVDC Tanker with active-roll-control
Actively-Steered B-Double

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PhD approved

Feb 03, 2016

Qiheng (Matt) Miao's PhD dissertation 'Vision-based path-following control of articulated vehicles' has been approved by the university.

PhD approved

Aug 01, 2015

Amy Rimmer's PhD dissertation 'Autonomous Reversing of Multiply-Articulated Heavy Vehicles, PhD Dissertation, in Engineering Department' has been approved by the University.

PhD approved

Mar 09, 2014

Leon Henderson's PhD dissertation 'Improving Emergency Braking Performance of Heavy Goods Vehicles' has been approved by the University.

News on the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight

Feb 24, 2013

The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight is a new initiative involving researchers in heavy vehicle engineering at Cambridge; the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot Watt University working with a Consortium of companies from the road freight and vehicle manufacturing industries. The aim is to make road freight transport more sustainable. Follow links to two articles about the centre...

PhD Approved

Dec 01, 2012

Will Midgley's PhD dissertation 'Regenerative Braking of Urban Delivery Heavy Goods Vehicles' has been approved by the University.

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