Portrait of Mr Paul Bewes Molyneux-Berry Mr Paul Bewes Molyneux-Berry

p.b.molyneux-berry@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472616


Paul graduated from Cambridge University in 1999 with a first class Masters degree in mechanical engineering. Since then, he has gained 13 years experience as an engineer in the rail industry, working for vehicle manufacturers and technical consultancies prior to joining the Rail Technology Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009.

His main area of expertise is railway vehicle dynamics and the wheel-rail interface, and Paul’s work has included research and consultancy projects for a range of rail industry clients in the UK and worldwide. Several of these projects have focused on wheel and rail damage mechanisms including Rolling Contact Fatigue, wear and plastic flow.

Paul also has a broad practical railway background including manufacturing, commissioning, operations and maintenance. Paul is also involved in national and international railway standards development, safety approvals, risk and peer review work, and he has previously worked as a VAB/NOBO signatory for vehicle acceptance. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In 2012, Paul transferred with all the Rail Technology Unit staff to the University of Huddersfield to form the new ‘Institute of Railway Research’.

Research and Scholarship

Paul is currently working on a part-time PhD funded by the Rail Research UK Association, investigating railway wheel damage mechanisms and modelling techniques. This work is contributing to an improved understanding of wheel/rail damage mechanisms, giving cost and efficiency savings in managing these assets.

The group’s research activities have included many EPSRC and EU funded projects including current projects: DYNOTRAIN which aims to increase the use of computer simulation in the introduction of new railway vehicles and SUSTRAIL and SPECTRUM which aim to increase modal shift of freight from road to rail.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Colantuono, T., Grossoni, I., Allen, P., Molyneux-Berry, P. and Borczyk, P. (2016) ‘The optimal strength of shear pins: Requirements in point run-throughsProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit . ISSN 0954-4097

Molyneux-Berry, P., Davis, C. and Bevan, A. (2014) ‘The Influence of Wheel/Rail Contact Conditions on the Microstructure and Hardness of Railway WheelsThe Scientific World Journal , 2014 (209752), pp. 1-16. ISSN 1537-744X

Bevan, A., Molyneux-Berry, P., Eickhoff, B. and Burstow, M. (2013) ‘Development and Validation of a Wheel Wear and Rolling Contact Fatigue Damage ModelWear , 307 (1-2), pp. 100-111. ISSN 0043-1648

Bevan, A., Molyneux-Berry, P., Mills, S., Rhodes, A. and Ling, D. (2013) ‘Optimisation of Wheelset Maintenance using Whole System Cost ModellingProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit . ISSN 0954-4097

Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2012) ‘Wheel surface damage: relating the position and angle of forces to the observed damage patternsVehicle System Dynamics , 50 (S1), pp. 335-347. ISSN 0042-3114

Book Section

Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2013) ‘Residual stresses in railway wheels and their effect on damage rates through the life of a wheel’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2013 : CEARC'13. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 31-36. ISBN 9781862181212

Mills, S., Ling, D., Bevan, A., Rhodes, A. and Molyneux-Berry, P. (2011) ‘Improving the rail industry's vehicle-track interaction strategic model (VTISM) to include wheelset management modelling’. In: IET and IAM Asset Management Conference 2011. London, UK: IET. pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-1-84919-569-0

Conference Item

Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2016) ‘Reducing Rail RCF through Better Wheel Shapes’. In: ICRI Workshop on Wear and RCF, 02/08/2016 - 04/08/2016, Vancouver

Shackleton, P., Bezin, Y., Crosbee, D., Molyneux-Berry, P. and Kaushal, A. (2016) ‘Development of a new running gear for the Spectrum intermodal vehicle’. In: IAVSD 24th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, 17th - 21st August 2015, Graz, Austria

Shackleton, P., Bezin, Y., Crosbee, D., Molyneux-Berry, P. and Kaushal, A. (2015) ‘The Spectrum Bogie’. In: Engineering & Operating New Logistics for a New Parliament: Rail Freight - The Way Forward (REF Tehcnical Seminar), 15 June 2015, Institution of Civil Engineers, Great George Street, London

Bevan, A. and Molyneux-Berry, P. (2014) ‘Optimisation of Wheelset Maintenance: Current Research Activities’. In: Modern Railways Golden Spanners Conference, November 2014, London

Molyneux-Berry, P., Bevan, A., Zhang, S. and Kabra, S. (2014) ‘Residual Stress in Wheels: Comparison of Neutron Diffraction and Ultrasonic Methods, with Trends in RCF’. In: The Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance, 8-11 April 2014, Corsica, France

Molyneux-Berry, P. and Bevan, A. (2013) ‘The Influence of Route Characteristics, Train Design and Maintenance Policy on Wheel Tread Damage, Wheel Life and Costs for Multiple-Unit Trains’. In: 17th International Wheelset Congress, September 22-27 2013, Kiev, Ukraine

Bevan, A. and Molyneux-Berry, P. (2012) ‘Optimisation of Wheelset Maintenance using Whole System Cost Modelling’. In: Rail Research UK Association Annual Conference, 7th November 2012, London

Research Degree Supervision

Current opportunities

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Enterprise Activities

The Institute of Railway Research receives external funding from research grants and industry, undertaking projects for Network Rail, the Rail Safety and Standards Board, London Underground and many other railway industry companies.

Administrative Responsibilities

Undertaking a range of activities related to the IRR’s research and enterprise activities; these include vehicle dynamics modelling using multi-body simulation software, development of computer code for data processing, measurements on railway vehicles and track, lab testing, bidding for work and funding, delivering reports and presentations at all levels.

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Experience of teaching specialist short courses