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Taking lessons from the roads

The experience and knowledge gained from TRL in 30 years of road accident research is now in increasing demand from the rail industry, with a view to protecting passengers in the event of a rail accident. TRL is using advanced techniques to understand the mechanisms of a rail accident and use this information to protect the travelling passenger.

At this year's Railtex TRL will exhibit examples of its research which uses tools such as numerical simulation to understand exactly how a passenger sustains specific injuries. This understanding can then be used to modify the interior design of rail vehicles so they protect passengers when the vehicle is involved in an accident.

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