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The Fourteenth International Conference
on Civil, Structural and Environmental
Engineering Computing
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
3-6 September 2013
Railway Research: Vehicle Track Dynamic Analysis and Related Environmental Problems
organised by Dr. J. Pombo
IDMEC/Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Prof. R. Calçada
Faculty of Engineering University of Porto, Portugal
and Dr. V. Markine
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Session Aims and Scope
Increasing demands on improving the efficiency and competitiveness of the railway networks require the operation and maintenance cost reduction, by increasing the life cycle of both vehicles and tracks. Further challenges lie in increasing the speed, interoperability, safety and comfort of railway transportation.

This multidisciplinary session aims at bringing together researchers and experts from various fields reporting on the current state of railway research and development. The discussion should promote the interaction and collaboration among universities, research centers, railway operators and industry in order to identify problems, propose solutions and indicate directions of future research.

The Session should bring together Mechanical, Civil and Geotechnical experts and will cover, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Railway dynamics
  • High-speed trains
  • Vehicle-track-soil interaction
  • Ground-borne noise and vibrations due to trains passage
  • Vehicle and track damage: Monitoring and detection
  • Wheel and rail wear, rolling contact fatigue and friction management
  • Pantograph-catenary interaction
  • Switches and crossings
  • Simulation techniques for virtual homologation
  • Aerodynamics of high-speed trains
  • Aero-acoustic and rolling noise emitted by high-speed trains
  • Noise and vibration mitigation for rail transportation systems
  • Attenuation of railway traffic induced vibrations
  • In-situ measurements and experimental validation of numerical models
  • Optimisation of railway systems
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organiser:
  • Dr. João Pombo
    IDMEC/Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
    (jpombo AT
  • Prof. Rui Calçada
    Faculty of Engineering University of Porto, Portugal
    (ruiabc AT
  • Dr. Valeri Markine
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    (v.l.markine AT

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "CC2013-S17" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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