MABY5040 Advanced Railway Engineering Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Advanced Railway Engineering
Master’s Programme in Civil Engineering
10 stp.


Railway transportation is one of the key and fastest modes of mobility for passengers and cargo in large quantities. This course covers both basic topics such as the key components of railway systems and their characteristics, track geometric design and speed limitation, and advanced topics including coupled train-track system, track dynamics and vibration, and geotechnical aspects related to railway tracks. In this course, different types of railway tracks, the interaction between the track and the rolling stock, the static and dynamic modelling and analysis, urban railway systems, high-speed rails, as well as the safety and maintenance of railway systems will be discussed.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

BYVE3610 Jernbaneteknikk

BYVEXXXX Vei- og jernbaneteknikk


Upon completing the course, the student should have the following outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


Students have in-depth knowledge of:

  • various railway systems and vehicle and track structures
  • track geometry, superelevation and speed limitation
  • the interaction between the vehicle and the track
  • dynamic behavior of railway systems
  • high-speed rails, urban rails and design considerations


Students can:

  • select and design an appropriate track system
  • calculate the vehicle loads and speed limitation
  • perform computational modelling and analysis of coupled vehicle-track system
  • quantify the effect of railway imperfection and wear and tear

General competence


  • can understand the principles for geometric and structural design of railway tracks
  • are capable of conducting simple and complex train-track simulations with the aid of computational tools and programming languages
  • are familiar with railway maintenance requirements and techniques

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Lectures, exercises and projects

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following work requirements are mandatory and must be approved prior to the exam:

2 written group exercises.

Vurdering og eksamen

The exam consist of two parts:

1) Written project report approx 30 pages, weighted 70%

2) Oral examination with presentation, weighted 30%

All assessment parts must be awarded a pass grade (E or better) in order for the student to pass the course. Students must be awarded an E or better on their project report to be allowed to take the written exam.

Assessment part 1) can be appealed. Assessment part 2) can not be appealed.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All types of materials and equipment are allowed.


Grade scale A-F


1) One internal examiner,

2) Two internal examiners

External examiners are used regularly.