Checking date: 23/06/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Railway Engineering
Study: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (221)

Coordinating teacher: LOPEZ BOADA, BEATRIZ

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Machine mechanics.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
By the end of this subject, students will be able to have: 1. A systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts of machine design and testing. 2. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of machine design and testing using established methods; 3. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to develop and realise mechanical designs to meet defined and specified requirements; 4. An understanding of methodologies in machine design and testing, and an ability to use them. 5. Workshop and laboratory skills in machine design and testing . 6. The ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems of machine design and testing ; 7. An understanding of applicable techniques and methods in machine design and testing , and of their limitations;
Description of contents: programme
Running gear. Retardation forces. Traction and braking. Lateral train dynamics. Derailment. Wheel-Rail contact. Railway Track. Mathematical Modelling of track dynamics. Railway electrification system.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures will be explained in big groups, exercises for understanding the lectures will be solved, labs will be carried out and a project in groups will also be done. In addition, 2 labs will be carried out: Lab 1: Track design. Lab 2: Visit to a railway instalation.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Gauchía, D. Garcia-Pozuleo, B.L. Boada, M.J.L.Boada, E. Olmeda y V. Diaz. Automóviles y Ferrocarrles: problemas resueltos. UNED. 2014
  • Iwnicki, S.. Handbook of railway vehicle dynamics . CRC/Taylor & Francis,. 2006
  • V. Diaz, E. Olmeda, A. Gauchía, D. Garcia-Pozuleo, B.L. Boada y M.J.L.Boada. Automóviles y Ferrocarrles. UNED. 2012
Additional Bibliography
  • Bonnett, Clifford F.. Practical railway engineering . Imperial College Press. 2005
  • Javier González, Rosario Romera, Jesús Carretero, José M. Pérez. Optimal railway infrastructure maintenance and repair policies to manage risk under incertainty with adaptive control. Working papers. Statistics and Econometrics . 2006

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.