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Petter Nåvik

  • Postdoctoral fellow
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Research interests

Structural monitoringModal analysisRailway catenary systemsRailway EngineeringStructural Dynamics


My PhD work is about analysing and understanding the dynamic behaviour of railway catenary systems. In this work I have made numerical models of railway catenary sections to study their behaviour as well as measured accelerations on several existing, in use, catenary sections on the Dovre line. The numerical modelling includes full size three dimensional finite element models of railways catenary sections with train running along them, including the very important contact interaction between the pantograph and the contact wire. An appropriate monitoring system has been designed and used for sampling full-scale measurements. The main objective of this PhD-project is to understand and improve the behaviour of new and existing railway catenary systems.

Co-authors (3)

  • Ole Andre Øiseth
  • Knut Andreas Kvåle
  • Pedro Antunes

Recent publications

  • Five years of contact force measurements along the dovrebanen railway line: Statistical analysis of the dynamic interaction

    • Rønnquist A
    • Nåvik P
  • What happens at 6-7 Hz in the dynamic response of railway catenary systems?

    • Nåvik P
    • Rønnquist A

Professional experience

Postdoctoral fellow

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

August 2016 - Present



Norwegian University of Science and Technology

August 2013 - August 2016(3 years)


Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Mathematical Sciences

August 2008 - June 2013(5 years)