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FSD3310 Wheel-Rail Contact 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSD3310 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Introduction to rolling contact phenomena, overview of different contact theories, the normal contact problem – Hertz’ theory, linear and non-linear theories for the tangential contact problem, wheel-rail contact in vehicle dynamics simulation software, contact geometry, deterioration mechanisms, influence of lubrication, non-stationary contact mechanics and the development of corrugation.

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims at the understanding of the conditions in the wheel-rail interface with phenomena related to the rolling contact. Theoretical background and approaches to numerical solution in the context of dynamic simulations are addressed. The course contains lectures, seminars where the students present a selected topic, and home assignments.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Undergraduate courses in mechanics, solid mechanics, and multibody dynamics.

Recommended prerequisites

Undergraduate courses in mechanics, solid mechanics, and multibody dynamics.


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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

P, F


  • INLA - Assignment, 6.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Compulsory lectures, seminar with presentation of a selected topic, home assignments.

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 web

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Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

FSD3311 Kalker’s Wheel-Rail Contact Methods

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering