Portrait of Mr Dimitrios Kostovasilis Mr Dimitrios Kostovasilis

d.kostovasilis@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472926



Dimitrios received his BEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2012. His final year dissertation was on the dynamic response of the wheel/track system based on a model of a beam on elastic foundation for the track.
During the summer of 2011, he did an Engineering Research Placement sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation investigating and measuring vibration from trams in Nottingham.
Following his undergraduate degree, in July 2013 he joined the Dynamics Group of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton as a PhD student, under the supervision of Prof. David J. Thompson and Dr Mohammed F.M. Hussein. His thesis, entitled “Analytical modelling of the vibration of railway track”, focused on the improvement of analytical models for describing the behaviour of railway tracks and their influence on rolling noise, especially in terms of the lateral behavior.

Dimitrios joined the Institute of Railway Research in July 2016 as an Industrial Fellow and is currently working among others on the “Track to the future (T2F)” and “In2Rail (I2R)” projects.

Research and Scholarship

Dimitrios has a wide range of research interests, including:

  • Noise and vibration, vehicle dynamics and vehicle/structure interaction
  • Experimental modal analysis
  • Probabilistic structural dynamics and quantification of uncertainty
  • Modelling of coupled and non-linear dynamic systems

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Kostovasilis, D., Thompson, D. and Mohammed, H. (2017) ‘A semi-analytical beam model for the vibration of railway tracksJournal of Sound and Vibration , 393, pp. 321-327. ISSN 0022-460X

Book Section

Kostovasilis, D., Koroma, S., Hussein, M. and Owen, J. (2013) ‘The effect of curvature on the dynamic behaviour of a railway track’. In: ACOUSTICS 2013: Annual Spring Conference. : Institute of Acoustics. pp. 170-175. ISBN 978-1-62748-405-3

Conference Item

Sarmiento-Carnevali, M., Bemment, S., Harrison, T., Ward, C., Bezin, Y., Neves, S., Kostovasilis, D. and Sichani, M. (2017) ‘Repoint track switch wheel-rail mechanical interface analysis’. In: 25th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, 14-18 August 2017, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton

Shih, J., Kostovasilis, D., Bezin, Y. and Thompson, D. (2017) ‘Modelling options for ballast track dynamics’. In: 24th international congress on sound and vibration, 23-27th July 2017, London

Kostovasilis, D., Thompson, D. and Hussein, M. (2015) ‘The effect of vertical-lateral coupling of rails including initial curvature’. In: 22nd International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV22), 12th - 16th July 2015, Florence, Italy

Kostovasilis, D., Ntotsios, E., Hussein, M., Thompson, D. and Squicciarini, G. (2014) ‘A holistic approach for the design and assessment of railway tracks’. In: IX International Conference on Structural Dynamics (EURODYN 2014),, 30th June - 2nd July 2014, Porto, Portugal

Kostovasilis, D., Koroma, S., Hussein, M. and Owen, J. (2013) ‘A comparison between the use of straight and curved beam elements for modelling curved railway tracks’. In: 11th Biennial International Conference on Vibration Problems (ICOVP-2013), 9th - 12th September 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

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