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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.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • 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

  • 1310 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
  • 35 Article
  • 32 Conference contribution
  • 3 Editorial
  • 1 Conference article

A Dedicated Control Design Methodology for Improved Tilting Train Performance

Magalhães, H., Antunes, P., Pombo, J. & Ambrósio, J., 14 Feb 2020, Advances in Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks: Proceedings of the 26th Symposium of the International Association of Vehicle System Dynamics, IAVSD 2019. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 72-81 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • A methodology to study high-speed pantograph-catenary interaction with realistic contact wire irregularities

    Song, Y., Antunes, P., Pombo, J. & Liu, Z., 1 Oct 2020, In : Mechanism and Machine Theory. 152, 18 p., 103940.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A new methodology to study the pantograph-catenary dynamics in curved railway tracks

    Antunes, P., Ambrosio, J., Pombo, J. & Facchinetti, A., 1 Mar 2020, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 58, 3, p. 425-452 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    A three-dimensional approach for contact detection between realistic wheel and rail surfaces for improved railway dynamic analysis

    Marques, F., Pacheco Magalhaes, H., Pombo, J., Ambrósio, J. & Flores, P., 1 Jul 2020, In : Mechanism and Machine Theory. 149, 28 p., 103825.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    • 3 Invited talk

    UKRRIN Centre of Excellence in Rolling Stock: Developing Pantograph-OLE Numerical Analysis Tools to Support the Rail Industry

    Pedro Antunes (Speaker) & Joao Pombo (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    19 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited 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

    Press / Media