317.534 Structural Analyses of Railway Vehicles Constructions
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

derive an appropriate numerical model for railway vehicles  

derive the load ssumtions for car body, bogie, equipment attachments, wheelsets

know the basics for the standards applied for load assumptions, strength and validation programs of structural components of railway vehicles

evaluate the results from finite element analyses  

validate the crashworthiness performance of railway vehicles  

specify structural testing (static, fatigue, crash)  

validate numerical models via comparison of numerical results with test results. 

Subject of course

-      Structural requirements for railway vehicles

-      Derivation of load assumptions  

-      Static strength requirements  

-      Fatigue strength assessment  

-      Stability

-      Structural Integrity of the car body:

  •       Finite Element Modelling
  •       Requirements according to EN 12663-1
  •       Evaluation of deformations and stress states
  •       Static compression test of car body
  •       Validation of model with test results

-      Passive Safety of Railway Vehicles:

  •       Requirements and collision scenarios according to EN 15227
  •       Modelling
  •       Evaluation of criteria: Survival zone, deceleration rate, overriding
  •       Dynamic  Test
  •       Validation of model

-      Bogie frame:

  • -      Loads according to EN 13749
  • -      Modelling
  • -      Static test according to EN 13749
  • -      Ebndurance test
  • -      Validation of model with test results
  • -      On-track testing
  • -      Load collective for planned life of vehicle
  • -      Fatigue assessment

-      Wheelset:

  •       Load assumptions for the wheelset axle
  •       Strength proof for wheelset axle
  •       Torsional oscillations – testing and assessment
  •       Fracture Mechancis: Crack growth analysis  for wheelset axles  
  •       Strength proof for wheel

-      Case Studies

Teaching methods

Discussion of standards for load assumptions, strength, passive safety

Group work to derive the finite element modelling of car bodies and bogies

Case studies for the evaluation program of car bodies  

Case studies for the evaluation program of  bogies

Case studies for the evaluation program for passive safety  

Case studies for the evaluation program of wheelsets

Mode of examination


Additional information

Due to the pandemic, the format of the course may vary deviate

Course is held blocked!

Date: 28.11. - 30.11.2023




Course dates

Tue09:00 - 12:0028.11.2023Seminarraum BA 10B - MB VO Strukturanalysen im Schienenfahrzeugbau
Tue13:00 - 17:0028.11.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 1 VO Strukturanalysen im Schienenfahrzeugbau
Wed09:00 - 11:0029.11.2023GM 7 Kleiner Schiffbau VO Strukturanalysen im Schienenfahrzeugbau
Wed13:00 - 17:0029.11.2023Seminarraum BA 08B - MB VO Strukturanalysen im Schienenfahrzeugbau
Thu09:00 - 15:0030.11.2023Seminarraum BD 03 VO Strukturanalysen im Schienenfahrzeugbau
Thu15:00 - 17:0030.11.2023Seminarraum BD 02C VO Strukturanalysen im Schienenfahrzeugbau
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

oral examination immediately after the lecture - script may be used to prepare the answer (approximatly 10 minutes preparation time for each question)


alternative. written examination to be defined individually 

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.10.2023 10:00 27.11.2023 20:00 30.11.2023 20:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
700 FW Elective Courses - Mechanical Engineering Elective


The Manuscripts of the lecture parts will be available in TISS

Previous knowledge

Basiv knowledge in finite element methods and in mechanics