SD2307 Rail Vehicle Technology 7.5 credits

Spårfordonsteknik

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives a short introduction to railway systems and then focuses on rail vehicles.

The course aim is to give you the fundamentals of railway systems and, in particular, to describe the components and functions of rail vehicles as well as the various demands a rail vehicle must fulfil. The course should give you a good platform for work in the field of railway engineering.

After a completed course you should be able to:

  • clarify the different parts in railway systems and their possibilities and limitations
  • explain how bogies, carbody tilting, traction and brake systems work and can be improved
  • calculate train performance like acceleration and braking capacity, average speed and energy consumption
  • determine outer dimensions and interior design for a train at a given operational task
  • discuss the trends and future potential for railway traffic

Course main content

Introduction to railway technology. Track technology. Rail vehicles - overview. The railway and the environment: energy consumption, air pollutions, external noise, external vibrations. Railway traffic development and future. Rail vehicles - technical basis. Aerodynamics and running resistance. Running gear, bogies and car body tilting. Traction technology: traction motors, transmission, traction mechanics and current collection. Braking technology. Car bodies. Passenger environment, interior design and auxiliary power. Internal noise, internal vibrations and climate resistance. Rail vehicle market and development.

Eligibility

150 university credits (hp) In engineering and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B/ English 6.

Recommended prerequisites

150 university credits (hp) In engineering or natural sciences and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Literature

Compendium on Rail Vehicle Technology, Div. of Rail Vehicles, KTH.

Examination

  • PRO1 - Project Task, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: P, F

The number of points achieved for TEN1 and PRO1 are summed. The final grade is based on this sum.Grading scale: A-F

Requirements for final grade

Written Exam (TEN1; 4,5 hp; P/F), compulsory.

Project Task (PRO1; 3 hp; P/F), compulsory.

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Contact

Carlos Casanueva Perez (carlosc@kth.se)

Examiner

Carlos Casanueva Perez <carlosc@kth.se>

Supplementary information

Replaces SD2306.

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2010.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2010.