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After gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University, my early career was spent in the automotive industry, initially in testing and homologation of specialist vehicles and then as a design engineer developing steering and suspension for commercial vehicles. During this period I worked for an engineering consultancy and gained experience working with major clients such as Volvo and on secondment at Leyland DAF Trucks.

In 1998 I moved to Manchester Metropolitan University to become the first member of staff at the newly formed Rail Technology Unit. I have subsequently built up a wide range of skills and experience in the field of railway vehicle rigid multi-body dynamics and wheel-rail interface engineering. I have led a range of industrial R&D projects in these specialised areas for the rail industry on-behalf of clients in the UK and worldwide.

Through involvement in a number of research projects I have developed specialist knowledge of rail rolling contact fatigue (RCF) and have led several projects for the Rail Safety and Standards Board researching the fundamental causes of RCF and the application of a range of control measures to be adopted by the industry.

I joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2012 where I am Assistant Director of the Institute of Railway Research.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Wheel and rail wear, defects and rolling contact fatigue
  • Railway asset management
  • Improving rail vehicle dynamic performance, including active suspensions
  • Wheel-rail interface condition monitoring and inspection
  • Use of big data to improve railway operations and safety (SPADs and driver competence)

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2006 2019

Controlling a rail vehicle with independently-rotating wheels

Farhat, N., Ward, C., Shaebi, O., Crosbee, D., Stow, J., Wang, R., Goodall, R. & Whitley, M., 15 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) Advances in Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks: Proceedings of the 26th Symposium of the International Association of Vehicle System Dynamics, IAVSD 2019, August 12-16, 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). Springer, (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

Robustness (control systems)
Vehicle performance
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Wear of materials
1 Citation (Scopus)

A method for classifying red signal approaches using train operational data

Zhao, Y., Stow, J. & Harrison, C., Dec 2018, In : Safety Science. 110, Part B, p. 67-74

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Systems Integration
Risk assessment

Application of wavestrapping statistical technique to estimate an extreme value in train aerodynamics

Andrade, A. R., Johnson, T. & Stow, J., 1 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 175, p. 419-427 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Statistical methods

Developing a wheel motor controller for an actively steered bogie using co-simulation

Zhao, Y., Goodall, R., Stow, J., Cooney, N. & Hawley, J., 22 Jan 2018, The Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks: Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks. Spiryagin, M., Gordon, T., Cole, C. & McSweeney, T. (eds.). CRC Press/Balkema, Vol. 2. p. 723-727 5 p.

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


Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation

Wheel Wear and Rail Damage Prediction for Wheels Turned with Thin Flanges

Yousif Muhamedsalih (Speaker), Adam Bevan (Speaker), Julian Stow (Speaker)
29 May 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Red Signal Faults Could Be Reduced Further Thanks to Big Data Software

Yunshi Zhao & Julian Stow


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment