Rail Traffic and Environment

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137TENV Z,ZK 2 1P+1C English
Garant předmětu:
Leoš Horníček
Leoš Horníček, Lenka Lomoz, Jiří Pospíšil
Leoš Horníček, Vít Lojda, Lenka Lomoz, Jiří Pospíšil
Department of Railway Structures

Basic principles for designing of railway and tramway structures, European railway network, rail transport, environmental impacts - acoustics, traffic noise and vibrations, noise control, modelling and attenuation of traffic noise.



Syllabus of lectures:

1. Railway Structures 1

(Brief history of railways, European railway network, Czech Railway Network, railway structures - railway substructure)

2. Railway Structures 2

(Railway structures - railway superstructure, track layout, other track properties)

3. Traffic Effect on Environment

(Transport - basic information and characteristics, transport statistics, external costs of transport, positive and negative effects of railway transportation, accidents caused by traffic, waste from railway traffic)

4. Urban Rail Transit

(Light Rail Transit, Light Rail Rapid Transit, Rail Rapid Transit, Monorail)

5. Tramway Lines 1

(Genesis of electric tramway, contemporary tramways)

6. Tramway Lines 2

(Track parameters and structure, track geometry, super elevation and gauge, substructure, superstructure)

7. Traffic Noise

(Sound, noise and vibration, sound propagation, sound levels, sound sources, types of traffic noise, sound measurement)

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Noise Measurement Equipment

(Practical demonstration of an acoustic camera Bionic-L, practical demonstration of an sound level meter)

2. Assignment and consultation of seminar thesis (selected issues in the field of rail transport and impact on the environment)

3. Presentation of seminar thesis and discussion

Study Objective:

The goal is to familiarize students with the issues of designing railway and tramway structures, the European railway network, rail transport and the effects on the environment. Successful completion of the course requires preparation of a seminar paper and its presentation in front of other students, combined with a discussion.

Study materials:

BONNETT, C.: Practical railway engineering. 2nd ed., London: Imperial College Press, 2005.

SATISH CHANDRA, M.: Railway engineering. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

VUCHIC V.R.: Urban Transit: Systems and Technology, 1st.ed., Wiley, 2007.

THOMSON, D.: Railway noise and vibration, Mechanisms, modelling and means of control, Elsevier, 2009.

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