307.441 Rail Vehicle Design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand and assess the vehicle dynamics, the systems engineering and the structural design  of modern rail vehicles.   Using the methods shown in the course, novel vehicle concepts can be designed and evaluated regarding  requirements of rail vehicles.

Subject of course

1. Requirements for modern rail vehicles. 2. Basic mechanics governing vehicle performance, including vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, comfort, and safety. 3. The rail vehicle system and its subsystems, including traction system, braking system, and bogies. 4. Selected existing designs of rail vehicles. 5. Materials and manufacturing technologies. 6. Methods supporting the product development process.


Einlass VO: 08:00

Beginn VO: 08:15

Teaching methods

Vehicle dynamics, running stability, ride comfort, derailment safety, rail vehicle aerodynamics, vehicle longitudinal dynamics, crashworthiness,  braking calculation, traction assessment, air conditioning, structural stress and strain calculation, car body structural dynamics, bogie and complete vehicle design methods,  product development methods and processes for rail vehicle engineering

Mode of examination




Course dates

Fri08:00 - 10:0002.10.2020 distance learning (LIVE)Vorbesprechung
Fri08:00 - 10:0009.10.2020 - 22.01.2021 distance learning (LIVE)lecture
Rail Vehicle Design - Single appointments
Fri02.10.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learningVorbesprechung
Fri09.10.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri16.10.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri23.10.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri30.10.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri06.11.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri13.11.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri20.11.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri27.11.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri04.12.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri11.12.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri18.12.202008:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri08.01.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri15.01.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture
Fri22.01.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learninglecture

Examination modalities

The examination takes the form of an oral examination.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
26.08.2020 08:00 02.10.2020 23:59 02.10.2020 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


Ein Skriptum zur Lehrveranstaltung ist erhältlich. Skriptum wird beim Besuch der Vorlesung angeboten