Joao Pombo

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João Pombo is Professor of Railway Technology at the Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, UK, with a PhD and Post-Doc in Mechanical Engineering by the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is a specialist in railway engineering and technology with more than 24 years’ experience and has been involved in Research and Development (R&D) activities involving train and track dynamics, vehicle-infrastructure and pantograph-catenary interaction, structural analysis, condition monitoring, wear, maintenance and optimization. He has led and participated in several national and international projects in close collaboration with leading international research centres and key 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 170 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. He is the editor-in-chief of the “International Journal of Railway Technology”, chairman of the "International Conference on Railway Technology" series and editorial board member of the journals “Multibody System Dynamics” and “Energies - Electric Vehicles”.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Railway Vehicles
  • Railway Tracks
  • railway wheel rail suspension fatigue damage gauging
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • multibody dynamics
  • vehicle-track interaction
  • vehicle dynamics
  • Railway Engineering
  • Rolling Stock and Infrastructure
  • Rail Transport Challenges
  • High Speed Rail
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Advanced Condition Monitoring
  • Design of Mechanical Systems
  • Structural Analysis
  • Design Optimization
  • Vibration of Machines and Mechanisms
  • Tribology and Wear
  • Industry Applications


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