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AF2905 Road- and Railway Track Engineering, advanced course 7.5 credits

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.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Civil and Architectural Engineering, åk 2, Conditionally Elective


P1 (7.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
25 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 10

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Romain Balieu


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2905 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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

Specific prerequisites

At least 7,5 ECTS documented knowledge in the fields of path- and railway technology equivalent to course AF2901.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • 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

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • 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

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Romain Balieu