- General description
- Keywords of expertise
- Key persons
- Recent activities
University of Porto (UPORTO) is a benchmark institution for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Portugal and one of the top 200 European Universities according to the most relevant international ranking systems (www.up.pt).
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) is the largest of the 14 faculties that constitute the University of Porto. With its origins in the Polytechnic Academy, created in 1837, FEUP is a leading institution of international repute, whose achievements in research and teaching have led to its current position at the forefront of engineering schools (www.fe.up.pt).
FEUP has a Centre of Competence in Railways (CSF – Centro de Saber da Ferrovia) associating the competences of individual researchers, R&D units and interface institutes in the field of railways. The Centre of Competence in Railways strongly cooperates with the main national railway actors and multiple international partners (www.fe.up.pt/csf).
FEUP is coordinating the PhD programme – iRail – Innovation in railway systems and technologies – associating the University of Porto and the University of Minho, from Portugal, and the University of São Paulo, from Brazil (www.fe.up.pt/irail).
UPORTO is member of the consortium Switrack’EN, associated member of Shift2Rail, the first European Rail Joint Undertaking (JU) aiming to foster research and innovation in rail products and solutions (www.shift2rail.org).
- Train-infrastructure dynamic interaction
- Noise and vibration
- Track buckling analysis
- Fatigue analysis
- Railway condition monitoring
- Wayside and on-board systems
- Design for manufacturing, assembly and control
- Artificial intelligence
- Holistic energy management
- Traction and on-board energy storage systems
- Manufacture in composite materials, metals and hybrid solutions
- Real time embedded electronics
- Data gathering, processing and communications
- Railways digital twin, simulation & virtualization
- Smart asset management
- Network management planning
- Smart Integration for door-to-door mobility
- Environmental footprint tools and circular economy
- Socio-economic assessment
Civil Engineering Department
Rui Calçada is Full Professor of Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP); Head of the Civil Engineering Department; Coordinator of CSF-Centre of Competence in Railways. He holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from FEUP (1992); a Master in Civil Engineering Structures from FEUP (1995); a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Porto (2003); An habilitation in Civil Engineering from the University of Porto (2013). His main research interests are advanced models for analysis of the train-infrastructure dynamic interaction; dynamic effects on bridges and transition zones; fatigue assessment of railway bridges; track-structure interaction; condition monitoring systems (wayside and on-board); advanced algorithms for condition assessment of the railway infrastructure. Principal Investigator of 12 research projects and member of the team of 10 research projects in the area of railways; supervisor of 16 doctoral theses; author of more than 300 scientific and technical publications. He is Director of the doctoral program i Rail-Innovation in railway systems and technologies; Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Railway Technology; Member of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Railway Platform (PFP); President of the Strategic Council of PFP.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Adriano Carvalho Holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. He is currently Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, having already participated in several national and European research projects, as well as supervised 15 PhD theses. His main research interests are Control and supervision of power electronic converters, Railway power systems, Interface to the overhead contact line, Power and energy management, Power conversion and grid connection of renewable energies, Energy storage technologies, Automation systems and SCADAs, RAMS analysis in railway systems, Failure analysis and diagnosis, and Computational intelligence, being author or co-author of over 150 scientific publications – related to the above mentioned areas – in international journals and international conferences.
Mechanical Engineering Department
Luís Andrade Ferreira is graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto (1980), having received his Doctorate-Engineer degree from the I.N.S.A. in Lyon in 1985. He is currently Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. His main research interests are Tribology (lubrication and surface failure analysis) and Reliability and Maintenance (RAMS, RCM, RBI) of industrial equipment. He is also a consultant for companies in the area of Industrial Equipment Analysis and Design, Tribology, Risk, Reliability and Industrial Maintenance. He is the author of two books in the area of Tribology and Maintenance as well as two hundred articles and communications in national and international journals and congresses in his area of expertise. He Supervised 57 theses, being 7 PhD students. Coordination of 6 projects with competitive funding (national) and member of the FEUP team of 3 international projects.
A selection of projects, activities and papers:
Interoperable Monitoring, diagnosis and maintenance strategies for AXle Bearings
PARTNERS:UPORTO (COORDINATOR), EMEF, EVOLEO, I-MOSS NV, IST, KRESTOS, MERMEC, NEM SOLUTIONS, REFER, SKF, TUBS, UOB, UCC
Weighing in motion and wheel defect detection system
PARTNERS: EVOLEO, FEUP
Increasing Capacity 4 Rail networks through enhanced infrastructure and optimised operations
PARTNERS:ACCIONA, ADEVICE, ADIF, ASTS, CEMOSA,CHALMERS, DB, EFRTC, IFF, NETWORK RAIL,OG, REFER, SYSTRA, TCCD, TRAFIKVERKET, UIC, UOB, UPORTO, UU
Aluminum deck for passenger carriages
PARTNERS:ALSTOM, INEGI, FEUP, ISQ, QUANTAL
Innovative Intelligent Rail
PARTNERS:ANSALDO STS, BOMBARDIER, DLR, EVOLEO,LTU, MERMEC, NETWORK RAIL, RFI, SIEMENS AG,STRUKTON, SYGNITY, TRAFIKVERKET, UNIGE,UOB, UPORTO, VIF
Innovative Solutions in Future Stations,Energy Metering and Power Supply
PARTNERS:ALSTOM, ANSALDO STS, CAF,DEUTSCHE BAHN, FTA, IP, IZT, NETWORK RAIL,ÖBB, PKP, RAILENIUM, SIEMENS AG, SNCF, SZ,THALES, TRAFIKVERKET, UMINHO, UPORTO
Research into enhanced track and switch and crossing system 2
PARTNERS:NETWORK RAIL, ACCIONA, AC2T, ANSALDOSTS, CEMOSA, DEUTSCHE BAHN, UPORTO, FCP,GETZNER, IP, KIRCHDORFER, VIF, MCL, ÖBB,PLASSER & THEURER, PRORAIL, RAILENIUM, SZ,SNCF, TATA STEEL, TRAFIKVERKET, TCDD, UPV/EHU,UMINHO, VOESTALPINE, VOSSLOH, WIENER LINIEN GMBH &CO KG,
Plug&Play Technological solution for upgrading the power traction converter
of high speed trains
PARTNERS: NOMADTECH, FEUP
Innovative NOISE BARRIERS for RAILways
PARTNERS: MOTA-ENGIL, FEUP, FCTUC
Innovative Precast Bridgesfor RAILways
Decarbonisation of railpassenger transport
PARTNERS:CAETANOBUS, CP, NOMADTECH,FEUP, AP2H2
Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering Network
PARTNERS:UOB (UK), BOT (USA), BRNO (CZECH REPUBLIC),EVOLEO (PORTUGAL), KTH (SWEDEN). MIT (USA),MERMEC (FRANCE), NTNU (NORWAY), PMIL (ITALY),ROADSCANNERS (FINLAND), SWJTU (CHINA), TUT(FINLAND), TUDELFT (NETHERLANDS), UPORTO(PORTUGAL), UPV (SPAIN), UOW (AUSTRALIA)
Research into enhanced track and switchand crossing system 3
PARTNERS:TRAFIKVERKET, ACCIONA, AC2T, CEMOSA,FCP, VAYLAVIRASTO, GETZNER, HITACHI RAIL,IP, KIRCHDORFER, MCL. NETWORK RAIL,ÖBB, PLASSER & THEURER, PRORAIL BV,RAILENIUM, SNCF, SFR, TCDD,UPV/EHU,UMINHO, UPORTO, VIF, VOESTALPINE, VOSSLOH,WIENER LINIEN GMBH &CO KG
PARTNERS: EFACEC, ALMADESIGN, EVOLEO,INEGI, IP, INOVAMAIS, ITECONS, ISQ,IPP, ISEL, IST, ISEP, IT, LNEC, MCG,MOTA-ENGIL, NOMADTECH, PFP, SOLVIT,UC, UMINHO, UPORTO