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The Eleventh International Conference
on Computational Structures Technology
Dubrovnik, Croatia
4-7 September 2012
Railway Research: Vehicle Dynamics, Infrastructure Response and their Interaction
organised by Dr J. Pombo
IDMEC/IST, 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, 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
  • Wear and rolling contact fatigue
  • Pantograph-catenary interaction
  • 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
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Dr J. Pombo
    IDMEC/IST, Portugal
    (jpombo AT
  • Dr V. 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.

Authors may submit extended and improved versions of papers presented in this special session for review and possible publication in the conference special issues of The International Journal of Railway Technology only.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "CST2012-S26" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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