TBA4222 - Advanced Railway Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100 1 hours H

Course content

Geometric design and speed optimisation, vehicle and track dynamics, vehicle ride comfort, track irregularities and damage mechanisms, derailment safety, structural design, interaction between rolling stock and track, risk and reliability and capacity.

Learning outcome

- traffic loading estimates and structural analysis for track superstructure
- interaction between rolling stock and the track
- new developments of tracks for high speed train
- the dynamic properties of track components.

- perform geometric design of track alignment by use of computer tools such as NovaPoint software
- make speed calculations on the basis of track geometry and train parameters
- design the track superstructure and select appropriate track components
- select proper ballast material and ballast gradation.
- Perform traffic capacity calculations for simple and complex situations

General competence:
- the principles for geometric design of railway tracks
- understand the railway system at the different levels and appreciate the different professional skills needed
- good judgment of track superstructure layer thickness and components material selection
- design the track alignment using computer tools
- Traffic capacity for single and double track, in stations and junctions.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures organized in a series of seminars by several teachers combined with individual and group exercises. Students will get seminar topics individually or in group of two.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Knowledge of Basic railway engineering equivalent to TBA4225 or similar is a mandatory requirement.

Course materials

Collection of lecture slides and published materials, handbooks and computer programs.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 8

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Road and Transport Engineering
  • Building and Construction Engineering
  • Building and construction technology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Railway Engineering
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Railway Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 H
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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