Portrait of Dr Yann Bezin Dr Yann Bezin

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Biography

After studying in France, Yann Bezin graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and joined the Rail Technology Unit (RTU) at MMU at its inception in 1999 as a graduate engineer. He learned the fundamentals of mathematical modelling of freight and passenger railway vehicles, using a number of multibody dynamic simulation codes either commercially available or developed in-house. Yann became an expert in the field, contributing to numerous industry led projects for bogie suspension design modifications, vehicle acceptance and derailment investigation, as well as contributing to national research investigations such as that on head checks following the Hatfield incident. Yann published his first papers at national workshops and exhibitions in the UK and the software international user conferences. He contributed to organising the 1st international workshop on freight vehicle design at MMU in 2001.

Yann returned to France as a consultant engineer in 2002, collaborating with MSC Software in Italy on the development of the software Adams/Rail and running a number of expert training courses to national railway organisations overseas.

He then returned to MMU to act as the technical manager of a successful project funded by the UK national research council EPSRC and department for trade and industry DTI. The research program in collaboration with Corus (now Tata), MSC Software and Carillion Rail led to the completion of his PhD thesis in 2008 on the integration of Flexible Track System Models (FTSM) within vehicle multibody dynamic software.

Since Yann led the research efforts into several major collaborative EU FP6 and FP7 funded projects on track system innovation (Innotrack), vehicle homologation and cross-acceptance (Dynotrain) and sustainable freight (SustRail). He highly contributed to the successful organisation of the 22nd international IAVSD symposium in Manchester in August 2011 receiving more than 260 international delegates, expert in the field of vehicle dynamics on road and rail.

Yann joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2012 to set up the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) together with former colleagues from MMU. As part of the management team, Yann is acting as Head of research of the IRR.

Research and Scholarship

Areas of interest include:

  • Railway track systems (design, construction and mechanical/dynamic behaviour)
  • Vehicle-track interaction (dynamic behaviour)
  • Wheel-rail contact (mechanical behaviour)
  • Railway asset data collection and intelligence (condition monitoring and damage modelling)

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Shih, J., Kostovasilis, D., Bezin, Y. and Thompson, D. (2017) ‘Modelling options for ballast track dynamics’. In: 24th international congress on sound and vibration, 23-27th July 2017, London

2016

Bezin, Y., Neves, S., Grossoni, I. and Kaushal, A. (2016) ‘Understanding track loading requirements to achieve better track design’. In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance. : Civil-Comp. . ISBN 9781905088652

Grossoni, I., Bezin, Y. and Neves, S. (2016) ‘Optimization of support stiffness at a railway crossing panel’. In: Railways2016, 5-8 April 2016, Cagliari (Italy)

Bezin, Y (2016) ‘Designing future turnouts – where research capabilities meet industry needs’. In: Rail Tech Expert Series, 26th January 2016, UIC, Paris

Gong, C., Iwnicki, S. and Bezin, Y. (2016) ‘The interaction between railway vehicle dynamics and track lateral alignmentProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 230 (1), pp. 258-270. ISSN 0954-4097

2015

Grossoni, I., Andrade, A. and Bezin, Y. (2015) ‘Assessing the Role of Longitudinal Variability of Vertical Track Stiffness in the Long-Term Deterioration’. In: IAVSD 24th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, 17th - 21st August 2015, Graz, Austria

Shackleton, P., Bezin, Y., Crosbee, D., Molyneux-Berry, P. and Kaushal, A. (2015) ‘Development of a new running gear for the Spectrum intermodal vehicle’. In: IAVSD 24th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, 17th - 21st August 2015, Graz, Austria

Bezin, Y., Funfschilling, C., Kraft, S. and Mazzola, L. (2015) ‘Virtual testing environment tools for railway vehicle certificationProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 229 (6), pp. 755-769. ISSN 0954-4097

Funfschilling, C., Perrin, G., Sebes, M., Bezin, Y., Mazzola, L. and Nguyen-Tajan, M. (2015) ‘Probabilistic simulation for the certification of railway vehiclesProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 229 (6), pp. 770-781. ISSN 0954-4097

Eickhoff, B., Mazzola, L., Bezin, Y., Tucker, G., Stradtmann, H., Haigermoser, A., Chollet, H. and Landais, J. (2015) ‘Track loading limits and cross-acceptance of vehicle approvalsProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 229 (6), pp. 710-728. ISSN 0954-4097

Bezin, Y., Grossoni, I. and Neves, S. (2015) ‘Impact of wheel shape on the vertical damage of cast crossing panels in turnouts’. In: 24th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, 17th - 21st August 2015, Graz, Austria

Shackleton, P., Bezin, Y., Crosbee, D., Molyneux-Berry, P. and Kaushal, A. (2015) ‘The Spectrum Bogie’. In: Engineering & Operating New Logistics for a New Parliament: Rail Freight - The Way Forward (REF Tehcnical Seminar), 15 June 2015, Institution of Civil Engineers, Great George Street, London

Grossoni, I., Iwnicki, S., Bezin, Y. and Gong, C. (2015) ‘Dynanics of a vehicle-track coupling system at a rail jointProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 229 (4), pp. 364-374. ISSN 0954-4097

Grossoni, I. and Bezin, Y. (2015) ‘The influence of support conditions on short- and long-term track behaviour’. In: The Stephenson Conference - Research for Railways, 21st - 23rd April 2015, London

2014

Grossoni, I., Bezin, Y. and Alonso, A. (2014) ‘Modelling Uneven Support at Railway Crossings using a Vehicle-track Coupling System’. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research Development and Maintenance. Ajaccio, Corsica, France: Civil-Comp Press. . ISBN 1759-3433

Bezin, Y., Grossoni, I. and Alonso, A. (2014) ‘The Assessment of System Maintenance and Design Conditions on Railway Crossing Performance’. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research Development and Maintenance. Ajaccio, Corsica, France: Civil-Comp Press. . ISBN 1759-3433

Haigermoser, A., Eickhoff, B., Thomas, D., Coudert, F., Grabner, G., Zacher, M., Kraft, S. and Bezin, Y. (2014) ‘Describing and assessing track geometry qualityVehicle System Dynamics: International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobility , 52 (1), pp. 189-206. ISSN 0042-3114

2013

Grossoni, I., Iwnicki, S., Bezin, Y. and Gong, C. (2013) ‘Dynamic response of vehicle-track coupling system with an insulated rail joint’. In: 11th International Conference on Vibration Problems, 9-12 September 2013, Lisbon (Portugal)

Haigermoser, A., Bezin, Y., Coudert, F., Eickhoff, B., Grabner, G., Kraft, S., Thomas, D. and Zacher, M. (2013) ‘On the influence of track geometry quality on the running characteristics of the vehicles – results from the EC-founded research project DYNOTRAINZEVrail : Zeitschrift für das gesamte System Bahn , 137, pp. 2-14. ISSN 1618-8330

2012

Bezin, Y. and Alonso, A. (2012) ‘The Assessment of Railway Track Conicity and the Question of Limit Radius’. In: 1st international conference on railway technology : research development and maintenance, 18-20 April 2012, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Spain

2011

Bezin, Y., Alonso, A., Zacher, M., Eickhoff, B., Xie, G. and Iwnicki, S. (2011) ‘A study of the boundary conditions for the evaluation of railway track conicity’. In: 22nd IAVSD Symposium, 14-19th August 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University

Knothe, K., Tan, S. and Bezin, Y. (2011) ‘Book review : Contact mechanics and friction : Physical principles and applications : Wheel rail best practice handbook. Author V.L.Popov. ISBN 9783642108020Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 225 (3), pp. 341-344. ISSN 0954-4097

2010

Bezin, Y., Farrington, D., Penny, C., Temple, B. and Iwnicki, S. (2010) ‘The dynamic response of slab track constructions and their benefit with respect to conventional ballasted trackVehicle System Dynamics , 48 (sup1), pp. 175-193. ISSN 0042-3114

Farrington, D. and Bezin, Y. (2010) ‘A structural study of an innovative steel–concrete track structureProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 224 (4), pp. 245-257. ISSN 0954-4097

2009

Evans, G., Shahzad, F., de Vries, E., Cavalletti, M., Iwnicki, S. and Bezin, Y. (2009) ‘An investigation of sleeper voids using a flexible track model integrated with railway multi-body dynamicsProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 223 (6), pp. 597-607. ISSN 0954-4097

Iwnicki, S., Bezin, Y., Xie, G. and Kassa, E. (2009) ‘Advances in vehicle-track interaction toolsRailway Gazette International , pp. 47-52.

Kassa, E., Iwnicki, S., Perez, J., Allen, P. and Bezin, Y. (2009) ‘Optimisation of track stiffness, track gauge and rail inclination along a turnout using a multibody simulation tool’. In: 21st IAVSD Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, August 17-21 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Bezin, Y., Farrington, D., Davies, C., Penny, C., Temple, B., Kassa, E. and Iwnicki, S. (2009) ‘The dynamic response of a slab track construction and its benefits with respect to conventional ballasted track’. In: 21st international symposium on dynamics of vehicles on roads and tracks, 17-21st August 2009, Stockholm, Sweden

2008

Bezin, Y., Farrington, D., Penny, C. and Temple, B. (2008) ‘The study of innovative track designs for an improved support condition of the railway track system’. In: 2nd VI-grade User's Conference, 4-5th November 2008, Udine, Italy

Bezin, Y., Iwnicki, S. and Cavalletti, M. (2008) ‘The effect of dynamic rail roll on the wheel–rail contact conditionsVehicle System Dynamics , 46 (sup1), pp. 107-117. ISSN 0042-3114

2007

Bezin, Y (2007) ‘Development of flexible track system model and its application to advanced railway track design’. In: 1st VI-grade User's Conference, 13-14th November 2007, Marburg, Germany

Bezin, Y., Iwnicki, S. and Cavalletti, M. (2007) ‘The effect of dynamic roll on wheel rail contact conditions’. In: 20th international symposium on dynamics of vehicles on roads and tracks, 13-17th August 2007, Berkeley, California

2005

Bezin, Y., Cavalletti, M. and Iwnicki, S. (2005) ‘Understanding the wheel-rail interface using an integrated flexible track simulation tool’. In: MSC.Software 2005 Virtual Product Development Conference, October 24 - 26, 2005, Hilton Munich Park, Munich, Germany

2002

Jaiswal, J., Blair, S., Stevens, A., Kay, T., Iwnicki, S. and Bezin, Y. (2002) ‘A systems approach to evaluating rail life’. In: Railway Engineering Conference, 3-4th July 2002, London

2001

Iwnicki, S. and Bezin, Y. (2001) ‘Simulation as a tool for assessing the match between track and vehicle standards’. In: Infrarail 2001: developments in the railway industry. : ICE Publishing. pp. 19-23. ISBN 9780727742407

Bezin, Y., Iwnicki, S., Stow, J., Blair, S. and Kay, T. (2001) ‘Development of a method to predict stresses in rails using ADAMS/Rail and ABAQUS’. In: 16th European ADAMS User Conference, November 14-15, 2001, Berchtesgaden, Germany

Bezin, Y., Iwnicki, S. and Guerguil, N. (2001) ‘Modelling leafspring suspensions for virtual acceptance test’. In: 2nd international workshop on freight vehicle design, April 2001, Manchester UK

Esteem

Dr Bezin published papers in peer reviewed international journals (IMechE part F, Vehicle System Dynamics), and presented the results of his work at numerous international conferences and user conferences in the field of railway vehicle dynamics and railway engineering. He is a regular reviewer for the IMechE Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit and has reviewed papers for other international journals.

Yann contributed to the development of track modelling techniques for vehicle track interaction studies and has contributed to the training of railway engineers on the use of vehicle dynamics software overseas, particularly India.

Research Degree Supervision

Current opportunities

StudentshipImproved Understanding of material microstructure behaviour in railway switches and crossings

 

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Yann Bezin

2017-18

PhD

Enterprise Activities

Based on his expertise in modelling track systems and vehicle track interaction, Yann conducted a number of consultancy projects for the investigation of the dynamic behaviour of railway track construction for modern commuter and intra-city transportation (post-installation investigation of component and system failure, design stage solutions investigation, fastening behaviour under loading, slab track loading behaviour, comparison between modern slab track and conventional ballasted track constructions, etc.). Technical solutions for the modelling of railway track systems have been implemented in commercial software VI-Rail in cooperation with VI-Grade under the leadership of Dr Bezin.

Administrative Responsibilities

Head of Research at the Institute of Railway Research

Teaching and Professional Activities

PhD supervision in the area of vehicle track interaction and track system modelling.

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