The Institute of Railway Technology consists of a group of highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians that cover a wide range of mechanical, civil, electrical, metallurgical and general science disciplines. 

Primary areas of expertise include vehicle and track instrumentation, vehicle and train performance, condition monitoring, component testing, failure analysis, quality control and auditing, wheel-rail interface, rail welding, track structure design and maintenance, standards development and personnel training.

Over the past 40 years, IRT has developed a reputation for providing efficient and practical solutions to a wide range of railway operations including heavy haul, mass transit, high speed, general freight and passenger systems.

Rail Management and Maintenance

The Institute of Railway Technology has significant experience and expertise in the area of rail management and maintenance. While operational characteristics may vary significantly, the primary goal in all cases is to provide practical and cost effective rail management solutions.

Key areas of expertise include:

  • Rail performance and service life assessment including wear, rolling contact fatigue and whole-of-life cost analysis
  • Rail forecasting and replacement requirements
  • Non-destructive testing strategies and evaluation of rail breaks and defects
  • Metallurgical analysis of rail defects and failures
  • Assessment of rail wear limits
  • Management of longitudinal rail stress and track stability
  • Auditing and assessment of rail grinding works
  • Performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Development of rail maintenance management models

IRT's involvement in rail management and maintenance activities has provided customers with a wide range of benefits, including targeted rail maintenance strategies, development of economical rail management models, improved rail safety, improved materials and maintenance quality and the development of appropriate standards and procedures.