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Portrait of Dr Philip Shackleton Dr Philip Shackleton | 01484 472087


After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 2004 with a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Philip went on to complete his PhD at MMU – entitled An Optimised Wheel-Rail Contact Model for Vehicle Dynamics Simulation.

In 2009 Philip Joined the Rail Technology Unit at MMU where he worked primarily on industry focussed research which covered topics such as: the prediction of rolling contact fatigue and vertical track damage for Network Rail, the measurement of cyclic wear patterns for Docklands Light Railway, constructing a case for the revision of a Railway Group Standard for Rail Safety and Standards Board.

In 2012 Philip moved to the University of Huddersfield along with the rest of the Rail Technology Unit staff, which formed the new Institute of Railway Research.

Research and Scholarship

Philip’s research career started with his PhD entitled An Optimised Wheel-Rail Contact Model for Vehicle Dynamics Simulation. In which he developed a novel wheel-rail contact model and investigated the possibilities for measuring the contact stress at the wheel-rail interface using ultrasonics. Philip is currently working on the European SUSTRAIL project which aims to improve the competitiveness of the freight railway for the future. The work for SUSTRAIL involves vehicle dynamics simulations, the development of analytical tools and the use of data analysis techniques.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Shackleton, P., Bezin, Y., Crosbee, D., Molyneux-Berry, P. and Kaushal, A. (2015) ‘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 (2015) ‘Benchmarks for rail vehicle dynamics simulation’. In: FRA Vehicle?Track Simulation Software Workshop, 30 June - 01 July 2015, Volpe Center, Cambridge, MA

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


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

Allen, P., Shackleton, P. and Bevan, A. (2013) ‘Application of In-track Vertical Wheel Load Measurement Data for the Early Indication of Derailment Risk and Wheel Tread Damage’. In: 2nd RRUKA Annual Conference , 21st November 2013, London, UK


Vollebregt, E., Iwnicki, S., Xie, G. and Shackleton, P. (2012) ‘Assessing the accuracy of different simplified frictional rolling contact algorithmsVehicle System Dynamics , 50 (1), pp. 1-17. ISSN 1744-5159


Shackleton, P. and Iwnicki, S. (2008) ‘Comparison of wheel-rail contact codes for railway vehicle simulation: an introduction to the Manchester Contact Benchmark and initial resultsVehicle System Dynamics , 46 (1), pp. 129-149. ISSN 0042-3114

Enterprise Activities

Philip has worked on numerous commercial consultancy projects for companies such as: Network Rail, the Rail Safety and Standards Board and Docklands Light Railway, Mott MacDonald.

Administrative Responsibilities

Undertaking a host of activities related to the group’s research and enterprise activities, these include developing analytical code and tools in Matlab, vehicle dynamics modelling using multi-body simulation software such as VAMPIRE and undertaking onsite track surveys.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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