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João Pombo is Professor of Railway Technology at the Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, UK, with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering by the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is a specialist in railway engineering with 20 years’ experience and has been involved in Research and Development (R&D) activities involving train & track dynamics, vehicle-infrastructure & pantograph-catenary interaction, wear & maintenance, structural analysis and optimization. He has led and participated in several national and international projects in close collaboration with leading international research centres and industry players. He also has more than three years’ working experience at BOMBARDIER and ALSTOM. João Pombo’s R&D work has been awarded four innovation prizes and he is author of more than 100 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. He is the editor-in-chief of the “International Journal of Railway Technology” and chairman of the "International Conference on Railway Technology" series.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Railway Engineering (Rolling Stock and Infrastructure);

  • Rail Transport Challenges (Capacity, Cost, Carbon and Customer);

  • High Speed Rail;

  • Maintenance Engineering (Predictive Maintenance);

  • Advanced Condition Monitoring (Big Data Analysis);

  • Design of Mechanical Systems;

  • Structural Analysis;

  • Design Optimization;

  • Vibration of Machines and Mechanisms;

  • Tribology and Wear;

  • Noise Control;

  • Product Development;

  • Industry Applications.


  • Railway Vehicles
  • Railway Tracks
  • railway wheel rail suspension fatigue damage gauging
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • multibody dynamics
  • vehicle-track interaction
  • vehicle dynamics

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Research Output 2003 2019

  • 26 Article
  • 25 Conference contribution
  • 2 Editorial
  • 1 Conference article

A co-simulation approach to the wheel–rail contact with flexible railway track

Antunes, P., Magalhães, H., Ambrósio, J., Pombo, J. & Costa, J., Feb 2019, In : Multibody System Dynamics. 45, 2, p. 245-272 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Railroad tracks
9 Citations
Multibody Systems
Life cycle
Fatigue of materials
2 Citations

Rail Vehicle Design Optimization for Operation in a Mountainous Railway Track

Magalhães, H., Pombo, J., Ambrósio, J. & Madeira, J. F. A., 1 Dec 2017, In : Innovative Infrastructure Solutions. 2, 1, 31.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Vehicle performance
vehicle component

Catenary Finite Element Model Initialization Using Optimization

Antunes, P., Ambrósio, J. & Pombo, J., Apr 2016, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance. Pombo, J. (ed.). Civil-Comp Press, 106. (Civil-Comp Proceedings; vol. 110).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Dynamic analysis
Overhead lines

Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Invited talk

Recent Developments in the Pantograph-OLE Interface

Pedro Antunes (Speaker), Joao Pombo (Speaker)
14 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Recent Developments in the Pantograph-OLE Interface

Joao Pombo (Speaker), Pedro Antunes (Speaker)
2 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk