1988 …2020

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Personal profile

Biography

Simon Iwnicki graduated from Manchester University with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering then worked as a maintenance engineer at Chloride Motive Power in the 1980s working on battery production and electric vehicle design. He undertook a PhD in the dynamics of underground railway vehicles sponsored by the National Coal Board at South Bank University in London. He spent 21 years as Lecturer and Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University teaching and carrying out research into the interaction between railway vehicles and track where, in 1998, he set up the Rail Technology Unit which provided expert advice and solutions for the railway industry.

In 2012 he joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Railway Engineering and Director of the Institute of Railway Research.

Research Expertise and Interests

Professor Iwnicki’s main research activities are in the field of wheel-rail contact and computer modelling of railway vehicle suspensions, a small and highly specialised area which has a major influence on the design of railway vehicles and track. He has been working in this area for over 25 years and has built up a substantial international reputation for this work, providing not only valuable practical solutions to specific problems in the industry, but making significant contributions to the understanding of some of the fundamental mechanisms of the wheel-rail interaction on which the safe and economical operation of railways depends.

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Wheel-Rail Contact
  • Computer Modelling
  • Railway Vehicle Suspensions
  • Railway Vehicles
  • Railway Tracks
  • Wheel-Rail Interaction

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Projects

Research Output

A Direct Control Approach for Automatic Steering and Stability of Motorized Independently-Rotating Wheels

Liu, X., Goodall, R. & Iwnicki, S., 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.). 1 ed. Springer, p. 24-30 7 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • A new nonlinear displacement-dependent parametric model of a high-speed rail pantograph hydraulic damper

    Wang, W., Zhou, Z., Zhang, W. & Iwnicki, S., 1 Feb 2020, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 58, 2, p. 272-289 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Inertance-Integrated Primary Suspension Optimisation on an Industrial Railway Vehicle Model

    Lewis, T., Li, Y., Tucker, G., Jiang, Z., Neild, S., Smith, M. C., Goodall, R., Iwnicki, S. & Dinmore, N., 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.). 1 ed. Springer, p. 570-579 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • The ‘FORESEE’ prototype, fully active, steered two axle railway vehicle

    Iwnicki, S., Jonsson, P. A., Gustafsson, J., Englund, J., Stichel, S. & Pemberton, M., 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.). 1 ed. Springer, p. 3-15 13 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

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

  • Using an inerter-based suspension to improve both passenger comfort and track wear in railway vehicles

    Lewis, T. D., Jiang, J. Z., Neild, S. A., Gong, C. & Iwnicki, S., 1 Mar 2020, In : Vehicle System Dynamics. 58, 3, p. 472-493 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 3 Oral presentation
    • 1 Invited talk

    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

    Power Regeneration in the Primary Suspension of a Railway Vehicle

    Ruichen Wang (Speaker), David Crosbee (Speaker), Simon Iwnicki (Speaker), Adam Bevan (Speaker), Yunshi Zhao (Speaker)
    11 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Railway Vehicle - Track Interaction: Recent Advances and a Vision for the Future

    Simon Iwnicki (Keynote speaker)
    10 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Estimating the damage and marginal cost of different vehicle types on rail infrastructure : combining economic and engineering approaches

    Simon Iwnicki (Speaker), Andrew Smith (Speaker), Aniruddha Kaushal (Speaker), Kristofer Odolinski (Speaker)
    22 Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Iwnicki to address Modern Railways RVE conference

    Simon Iwnicki

    1/05/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    5 Minutes With… Simon Iwnicki, director of the Institute of Railway Research.

    Simon Iwnicki

    8/03/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    International railway competition introduces new safety challenge

    Simon Iwnicki

    4/03/195/03/19

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment