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2016/2017 Civil Engineering and Geosciences Master Civiele Techniek
Design and Maintenance of Railway Vehicles
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.Z.Li    Z.Li@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
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Exam Period
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Course Contents
Vehicles are the carriers of passengers and goods. The interaction between trains and infrastructure causes their degradation. The design, construction and maintenance of vehicles have a direct effect on ride comfort of passengers, damages to goods, health conditions of the track and vehicles, and operation safety and service quality of the railway transport. With the continuously growing demand on railway services, higher frequencies of passenger trains and more availability of tracks for freight trains are required. In this course, a comprehensive knowledge and training in railway vehicles and their interaction with tracks is provided for effective operation and management of railway vehicles through design and maintenance, with a holistic view for the train-track system and for optimal services to users.
Study Goals
Main objective: understand the principles of rolling stock design and maintenance, and be able to apply them to railway systems.
After successfully completing the course, a student is able to:
Describe the structure of railway vehicles.
Explain wheelset kinematics and hunting.
Compare between wheelset and independently rotating wheels, between solid wheel and resilient wheel, conventional, high speed and freight bogies.
Analyse the functionalities of primary suspension, secondary suspension, primary yaw stiffness and anti-roll, as well as their effects on tangential and radial steering of vehicle.
Understand the concept of radial bogie.
Be able to perform simple calculation of ride comfort and indices, with the help of vehicle dynamics software.
Understand the effects of contact geometry and contact mechanics on vehicle dynamics, vehicle stability and critical speed, curve negotiation.
Describe and compare driving systems, braking systems.
Understand the concepts of tilting train, active and semi-active suspensions.
Use the knowledge obtained above to analyse vehicle-track interaction and train-turnout interaction, discuss the implications on vehicle design and performance in relation to derailment, rolling contact fatigue, noise and vibration.
Combine the knowledge in aerodynamics, vehicle maintenance and design for evaluation of optimal whole system performance.
Education Method
Lectures and assignment
Written exam, closed book.
Expected prior Knowledge
Basic knowledge in mechanics, such as taught in the courses CTB1110 or CIE4145-09
Academic Skills
To be determined
Literature & Study Materials
Lecture notes, supplemented by reading material to be assigned.
Written exam, closed book. Exam constitutes 60% of the final mark. Assignment constitutes 40% of the final mark. A mini-symposium is organized in order for the students to present the results of the assignment.
Permitted Materials during Exam
exam, closed book.