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The rail industry is thriving worldwide and offers plenty of interesting jobs. The design and manufacturing of rail vehicles is different from other engineering tasks in several aspects. This course will introduce you to the most important differences in order to prepare you for a potential career in rail.
Learn the basics of rail vehicle engineering to work in sustainable transportation:
This course will help you find out why rail vehicles are designed as they are and how this links to operational requirements.
The course was developed based on introductory lectures held at Aachen university of applied sciences as part of the course on economics and technology of railways (in German). It provides you with a primer that helps you to acquire jobs in the booming and future oriented railway industry.
While there are several textbooks on the subject, I don't know of any online course to give you quick access. Even if you wish to use a textbook, this course will help you to enter the subject.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
After talking about my motivation to work in the area of railways, I will walk you through the course contents.
|Section 2: System Overview|
Definition of a Rail Vehicle
Systematics of rail vehicles
|Section 3: Rail vehicle fundamentals|
|Section 4: Train dynamics|
Coordinate system and forces
Train and track resistance
Wheel-rail normal contact
Wheel-rail tangential contact
|Section 5: Track guidance|
Running stability: the hunting motion
|Section 6: Vehicle design|
Car body requirements
Main elements and design principles
Running gear structure
Raphael studied Mathematics, Mechatronics and Control Engineering in Bochum, Hagen and Coventry, where he gained his PhD in 2013. He worked as a System Engineer for Siemens and Faiveley Transport, on projects including Vectron Locomotive and the new high speed train ICE 4. As Manager Product Engineering, he was responsible for the development of coupler systems before receiving the call upon a professorship for Rail Vehicle Engineering at Aachen University of Applied Sciences in 2014.
Research interests include digitisation of rail vehicles, reliability modelling and additive manufacturing.
Besides research and teaching, he employs his skills as assessor for rail vehicles and consultant.