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Biography

After graduating in 1996 with an honours degree in mechanical engineering, Paul joined a consultancy group at Manchester Metropolitan University developing automotive safety systems. In 1998 he embarked upon a PhD programme studying contact mechanics and wheel-rail interaction on a scaled railway roller rig. During this time he became a founder member of the Rail Technology Unit (RTU), a group which specialised in railway vehicle dynamics and wheel rail interaction.

The RTU became a successful and well respected research and enterprise group and in 2012 transferred to the University of Huddersfield to form the new Institute of Railway Research (IRR). Paul joined UoH as the assistant director of the IRR and since joining has helped the group more than triple in size from 9 to 30 staff.

Paul was a member of the bid team which won £4M of Regional Growth Funding to set up the IRR’s new Centre for Innovation in Rail (CIR). The CIR has been launched to support the industry and its supply chain in bringing new technologies to the rail sector. The centre’s goal is to reach out to SMEs and other solutions providers to offer specialist engineering services, funding advice and commercialisation opportunities to help realise the full potential of new concepts or product within the rail sector.

Paul has led the specification, contractual negotiation and procurement of the IRR’s new £2.1M advanced railway rolling contact rig and its £2.4M laboratory/office expansion programmes.

Paul’s enterprise and research activities have led to the initiation of strong university relationships and funding streams with key railway sector partners including HS2, Crossrail, Unipart Rail Ltd and Alstom.

He has achieved wide press exposure for the University with articles/quotes published in the Mail on Sunday, Modern Railways Magazine, Railway Gazette International, The Engineer and the Huddersfield Examiner, together with numerous online sites.

He instigated and led the delivery of an annual residential course for 50 school children on behalf of the Smallpeice Trust and has recently been invited to join the Scientific Committee for the IMechE Railway Division’s annual Stephenson Conference and also deliver the Institute’s annual prestige evening guest lecture.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Wheel-rail contact 
  • Computer modelling of railway vehicle suspensions
  • Remote condition monitoring 
  • Data analysis 
  • Train braking system optimisation 
  • Railway vehicle pantograph interaction dynamics 

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Research Output

Condition Monitoring of Motorised Devices for Smart Infrastructure Capabilities

Mistry, P., Lane, P., Allen, P., Al-Aqrabi, H. & Hill, G., 6 Jan 2020, Smart City and Informatization: 7th International Conference, iSCI 2019, Guangzhou, China, November 12–15, 2019, Proceedings. Wang, G., El Saddik, A., Lai, X., Martinez Perez, G. & Choo, K-K. R. (eds.). 1st ed. Springer Singapore, p. 392-403 12 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science; vol. CCIS 1122).

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

  • Coupled dynamic behaviour of a transmission system with gear eccentricities for a high-speed train

    Wang, Z., Yin, Z., Wang, R., Cheng, Y., Allen, P. & Zhang, W., 29 Jan 2020, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Torsional Vibration as a Method of Diagnostic Tool for Wheel Flatness

    Wang, Z., Allen, P., Wang, J., Huang, G., Xu, S. & Zhang, W., 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, August 12-16, 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. Klomp, M., Bruzelius, F., Nielsen, J. & Hillemyr, A. (eds.). Springer, Cham, p. 821-826 6 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • Wheel wear analysis of motor and unpowered car of a high-speed train

    Wang, Z., Wang, R., Crosbee, D., Allen, P., Ye, Y. & Zhang, W., 15 Mar 2020, In : Wear. 444-445, 8 p., 203136.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Analysis of vibration and temperature on the axle box bearing of a high-speed train

    Wang, Z., Cheng, Y., Allen, P., Yin, Z., Zou, D. & Zhang, W., 12 Aug 2019, In : Vehicle System Dynamics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 3 Oral presentation

    Mathematical modelling of a full-scale roller rig to improve predictions of vehicle curving behaviour

    Simon Iwnicki (Speaker), Paul Allen (Speaker), Philip Shackleton (Speaker)
    11 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Wheels v Rails: Applying New Techniques to Optimise Rail Maintenance

    Paul Allen (Speaker)
    7 Dec 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Going Greener

    Paul Allen

    1/12/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    £120,000 project to eliminate freight train carbon emissions

    Paul Allen & Messaoud Mehafdi

    12/06/19

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Maintaining light rail

    Adam Bevan & Paul Allen

    20/11/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Elizabeth Line Opening Date Delayed by Nearly a Year

    Paul Allen

    31/08/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment