• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

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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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.

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Research Output 2012 2020

5 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

Contact Force
Dynamic Simulation
9 Citations (Scopus)

A co-simulation approach to the wheel–rail contact with flexible railway track

Antunes, P., Magalhães, H., Ambrósio, J., Pombo, J. & Costa, J., 15 Feb 2019, In : Multibody System Dynamics. 45, 2, p. 245-272 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vehicle Dynamics
Railroad tracks

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

Antunes, P., Ambrosio, J., Pombo, J. & Facchinetti, A., 20 Mar 2019, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 58, 3, p. 425-452 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electric traction
Railroad tracks

Generalized Path Following Constraints with Spatial Curves for Roller Coaster Applications

Ambrosio, J., Antunes, P. & Viegas, M., 23 Jun 2018, Advances in Robot Kinematics 2018. Springer, Cham, Vol. 8. p. 335-343 9 p. Chapter 39. (Advances in Robot Kinematics 2018; vol. 8).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Dynamics of a roller coaster vehicle

Ambrosio, J., Viegas, M., Antunes, P. & Magalhães, H., 6 Dec 2017, The Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks. Spiryagin, M., Gordon, T., Cole, C. & McSweeney, T. (eds.). 1st ed. London: CRC Press/Balkema, Vol. 2. p. 551-556 6 p.

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

Vehicle suspensions
Railroad tracks
Dynamic analysis

Activities 2018 2019

  • 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