Dr Adam Beagles

BSc, MSc, PhD

Adam BeaglesLecturer

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Telephone: (0114) 222 7814

Email: a.beagles@sheffield.ac.uk


Adam Beagles was appointed as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Rail) in 2015. His first degree in 1981 was in Mathematics with Physics from Durham University. Following this he moved to Brunel University where he took an MSc in Numerical Analysis, was awarded a PhD for work in theoretical finite element analysis and undertook post-doctoral work on fracture mechanics. He moved to Sheffield in 1989 to work in R&D in the steel industry. He was promoted to lead the department that supplied engineering analysis, training, and standards to a company employing about a thousand engineers.

After working as a self-employed consultant and lecturing in Project Management at Sheffield Hallam University he joined the railway industry in 2000; working for the company that had been British Rail Research. While there he made significant contributions to the study and prediction of rolling contact fatigue and studied many aspects of vehicle crashworthiness, and axle inspection periodicity. He also worked on applications of probabilistic fracture mechanics to the inter-granular fracture of irradiated stainless steel using EBSD data (for two EU FP7 research projects). He joined Sheffield University in 2011 to work on an EU FP7 project on sustainable freight railways, studying mainly track components.

Adam is a member of the MERail research group and the Leonardo Tribology Centre.

Areas of Research

Adam’s research interests are mainly in the applications of probabilistic fracture mechanics and extracting useful information from real-world and test data. The rail industry always wants to reduce its carbon footprint and energy use and Adam’s research aims to address these areas by reducing unnecessary maintenance and expensive testing.

Teaching Activities

Adam is the Faculty Advisor for the University's Railway Challenge team (http://www.imeche.org/railwaychallenge), a group of students who design and manufacture a miniature (10¼” gauge) railway locomotive to compete against other teams to test their business knowledge, design ability and technical skills in a live test environment.

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Beagles AE, Arnall AD & Fletcher DI (2015) Interaction of Multiple Cracks in Railheads. 10th International Conference on Contact Mechanics, CM2015. Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, 30 August 2015 - 3 September 2015.
  • Beagles AE, Beaty P, Fletcher DI, Lewis R & Temple BP (2015) Insulated rail joint enhancement: testing and analysis. The Stephenson Conference: Research for railways. London, UK, 21 April 2015 - 23 April 2015. View this article in WRRO
  • Beagles A & Fletcher D (2012) The aerodynamics of freight; approaches to save fuel by optimising the utilisation of container trains. RRUKA 2012 Annual Conference. www.rssb.co.uk, 7 November 2012 - 7 November 2012.
  • Beagles A & Mottershead K (2011) Introduction to cracking initiation model INITEAC. PERFORM60 UG 1st Training Session. EDF Les Renardières, 15 March 2011 - 18 March 2011.
  • Beagles A, Tice D, Mottershead K & Dunbar L (2010) Evolution of stress corrosion cracking in model alloys simulating radiation-induced segregation in stainless steels: statistical modelling and empirical validation. International Workshop on Coupling Mechanisms to Improve Lifetime Prediction of LWRs. Les Renardières, Moret-sur-Loing, France, 8 April 2010 - 9 April 2010.
  • Beagles AE, Mottershead K & Tice D (2008) Crack initiation prediction in a statistical framework: INITEAC Software Validation. EU FP7 PERFECT Project FInal Workshop. France, June 2008.
  • Beagles A, Fletcher JD & Mizban SI (1993) Practical Applications of Finite Element Modelling to Rolling Mill Design. Modern practice in stress and vibration analysis (pp 251-262). Sheffield, 20 April 1993 - 22 April 1993.
  • Beagles AE, Walton JR, Warby MK & Whiteman JR (1989) Some numerical results in nonlinear and viscoelastic fracture. ARO Rep. 89-1 (pp 85-97). Boulder/Colorado, 31 May 1988 - 3 June 1988.
  • Beagles A & fletcher D () Combining crack-growth, contact geometry, and probabilistic methodology to plan optimised rail grinding. World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) 2016. Online: https://www.sparkrail.org/Pages/WCRR.aspx, 29 May 2016 - 2 June 2016.


  • Beagles A () Mill housings. EP 0962265 A1 Appl. 01 Jan 1970.


  • Beagles AE, Kapoor A, Fletcher DI, Franklin FJ, Burstow MC, Allen R, Evans G & Jaiswal J (2006) Management and understanding of rolling contact fatigue. Literature Review
  • Beagles A (2005) Whole Train Dynamics and Crashworthiness: Task 3.1 One-Dimensional Models
  • Beagles A (2003) “Performance of Obstacle Deflectors and Lifeguards: Task 3.1 Parametric Study of Obstacle Deflectors”
  • Beagles AE (2003) Whole Life Rail Model: Initial assessment of the influence of wheel profile changes on rolling contact fatigue formation
  • Beagles AE, Beagles M, Burstow MC, Evans JR, Kapoor A & Watson AS (2003) Whole Life Rail Model: Six month report
  • Whiteman JR, Beagles AE & Warby MK (1990) Theoretical and practical aspects of finite elements in the context of some problems of solid mechanics.
  • Beagles A, Walton JR & Warby MK (1988) Some numerical results in nonlinear and viscoelastic fracture

Edited books

  • Beagles AE (Ed.) (2015) SUSTRAIL Concluding Technical Report. Paris: International Union or Railways (UIC).