• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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  • 137 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Pedro Antunes is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, UK. Following his research in the development of numerical analysis tools for railway dynamics, he was awarded both his MSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal, with distinction and honours. His PhD thesis, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and entitled “Co-Simulation Methods for Multidisciplinary Problems in Railway Dynamics”, received the Lagrange Award for Springer Outstanding thesis in Multibody Dynamics. Throughout the participation in several European research and enterprise projects he has acquired an extensive expertise in computational dynamics and railway engineering. His research is currently focused in the dynamic analysis pantograph-catenary and vehicle-track interaction, using innovative numerical applications based on co-simulation between finite element and multibody models. Pedro in now working at the Institute of Railway Research supporting the railway industry in several consulting and R&D projects.

Research Degree Supervision

Railway Dynamics, Pantograph-Catenary Interaction, Vehicle-Track Interaction, Dynamics Analysis, Co-Simulation, Finite Elements, Multibody System Dynamics, Numerical Computation, Numerical Procedures.

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Research Output

  • 137 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 13 Conference contribution
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Chapter

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., 29 May 2020, In : Mechanism and Machine Theory. 152, 18 p., 103940.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Implementation of a non-Hertzian contact model for railway dynamic application

    Magalhaes, H., Marques, F., Liu, B., Antunes, P., Pombo, J., Flores, P., Ambrosio, J., Piotrowski, J. & Bruni, S., 1 Jan 2020, In : Multibody System Dynamics. 48, 1, p. 41-78 38 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)


    • 4 Invited talk

    Recent Developments in Pantograph-OLE Dynamics

    Pedro Antunes (Speaker)

    24 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited 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