Railway transportation demand for both freight and passengers is increasing throughout the world. A special characteristic of the railway system is that the vehicle and infrastructure are extremely dependent on each other. An understanding of the dynamic interaction between vehicle and track is crucial for an engineer working in this sector.
To provide students with a deeper background in mechanical and electrical concepts related to railway design, RailTEC has partnered with the rail research group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden to offer joint courses. A limited number of Illinois students may enroll as online students in the following rail courses taught by KTH faculty.
CEE 498 RVT | Rail Vehicle Technology
This course describes the components of rail vehicles as well as their design to meet various demands, including railcar suspension and carbody tilting systems. Click here for more information.
CEE 498 RVT is offered in the fall semester.
CEE 598 RVD | Rail Vehicle Dynamics
This course provides an understanding of the dynamic interaction between vehicle and track by describing superelevation and curve negotiation, vibration and ride comfort, hunting and conicity, wheel-rail contact, wheel and rail wear, and derailment safety. Click here for more information.
CEE 598 RVD is offered in the spring semester.
CEE 598 ET | Electric Traction
An introduction to electric railway traction including traction mechanics, rail systems, electrical drives, and power supplies. Click here for more information.
CEE 598 ET is offered in the spring semester.