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After gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University, my early career was spent in the automotive industry, initially in testing and homologation of specialist vehicles and then as a design engineer developing steering and suspension for commercial vehicles. During this period I worked for an engineering consultancy and gained experience working with major clients such as Volvo and on secondment at Leyland DAF Trucks.
In 1998 I moved to Manchester Metropolitan University to become the first member of staff at the newly formed Rail Technology Unit. I have subsequently built up a wide range of skills and experience in the field of railway vehicle rigid multi-body dynamics and wheel-rail interface engineering. I have led a range of industrial R&D projects in these specialised areas for the rail industry on-behalf of clients in the UK and worldwide.
Through involvement in a number of research projects I have developed specialist knowledge of rail rolling contact fatigue (RCF) and have led several projects for the Rail Safety and Standards Board researching the fundamental causes of RCF and the application of a range of control measures to be adopted by the industry.
I joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2012 where I am Assistant Director of the Institute of Railway Research.
My research interests include:
Andrade, A. and Stow, J. (2017) ‘Assessing the potential cost savings of introducing the maintenance option of Economic Tyre Turning in Great Britain railway wheelsets’ Reliability Engineering & System Safety . ISSN 0951-8320
Andrade, A. and Stow, J. (2017) ‘Assessing the efficiency of maintenance operators: a case study of turning railway wheelsets on an under-floor wheel lathe’ Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part O: Journal of Risk and Reliability , 231 (2), pp. 155-163. ISSN 1748-006X
Andrade, A. and Stow, J. (2016) ‘Statistical Modelling of Wear and Damage Trajectories of Railway Wheelsets’ Quality and Reliability Engineering International , 32 (8), pp. 2909-2923. ISSN 0748-8017
Zhao, Y., Stow, J. and Harrison, C. (2016) ‘Improving the understanding of SPAD risks using red aspect approach data’ Safety and Reliability . ISSN 0961-7353
Zhao, Y., Stow, J. and Harrison, C. (2016) ‘Estimating the frequency of trains approaching red signals: A case study for improving the understanding of SPAD risk’ IET Intelligent Transport Systems , 10 (9), pp. 579-586. ISSN 1751-956X
Perez, J., Stow, J. and Iwnicki, S. (2006) ‘Application of active steering systems for the reduction of rolling contact fatigue on rails’ Vehicle System Dynamics , 44 (sup1), pp. 730-740. ISSN 0042-3114
Iwnicki, S., Allen, P. and Stow, J. (2005) ‘Wheel/rail interface issues’ Journal of the the Permanent Way Institution , 123 (3), pp. 123-127. ISSN 2057-2425
Stow, J., Cooney, N., Goodall, R. and Sellick, R. (2017) ‘The use of wheelmotors to provide active steering and guidance for a light rail vehicle’. In: The Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways, 25th-27th April 2017, London, UK
Zhao, Y., Goodall, R., Stow, J., Cooney, N. and Hawley, J. (2017) ‘Developing a wheel motor controller for an actively steered bogie using co-simulation’. In: IAVSD 2017, 14th-18th August 2017, Queensland, Australia
Muhamedsalih, Y., Bevan, A. and Stow, J. (2016) ‘Wheel Wear and Rail Damage Prediction for Wheels Turned with Thin Flanges’. In: 11th World Congress on Railway Research, 29th May - 2nd June 2016, Milan, Italy
Shackleton, P., Stow, J., Eickhoff, B. and Osman, M. (2013) ‘Reducing the Diameter of Freight Vehicle Wheels The Suitability of Q/D as a Control for Wheel-Rail Contact Stress’. In: World Congress on Railway Research, 25th - 28th November 2013, Sydney, Australia
I undertake a wide range of consultancy work in the area of wheel-rail interface engineering and rail vehicle dynamics. Most recently this has included acting as the wheel-rail interface design authority for the Birmingham City Centre tram extension project. I have also led projects for Network Rail, Arup, Vossloh Kiepe UK, Centro, Serco, Docklands Light Railway and RSSB.
Assistant Director, Institute of Railway Research
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