This course will focus on the optimization of the road construction and maintenance processes of pavement infrastructure by the use of numerical tools combined with Life Cycle Assessment. For the railway, continuous knowledge about railway construction, operation and maintenance as well as rail traffic functionality.
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Content and learning outcomes
In this course, the students will learn advanced concepts about the path and railway system such as:
- Track forces and the influence of the track on the traffic.
- Track design for efficient railway traffic.
- Work processes connected to the components of the railway and their material properties.
- Building processes for design and maintenance of various highways and railways.
- Optimisation of geometric road design.
- Economics around LCC method and calculation.
- Environment and sustainability with LCA method and calculation.
- Assessment of the behaviour of road infrastructure with Finite Elements simulations.
- Research-related questions around highway and railway technology.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe material properties and their effect on the components of the railway system.
- Explain the construction process and the environmental impact of the operation of various highway and railway infrastructures.
- Explain planning and maintenance questions including LCC and LCA.
- Develop and apply LCA models about the road design process.
- Optimise the geometric road design with digital tools considering the sustainability.
- Evaluate and compare the behaviour of various road infrastructures with the Finite Elements the method.
Literature and preparations
At least 7,5 ECTS documented knowledge in the fields of path- and railway technology equivalent to course AF2901.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web AF2905