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Railways 2012
The First International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
18-20 April 2012
Models for Railway Vehicle-Infrastructure Interaction
organised by Prof. J.E. Abdalla Filho
and Dr T. Mazilu
University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Session Aims and Scope
Early attempts to model the behaviour of railway structures date from the 19th century when ordinary differential equation models were employed. The development of numerical techniques allied to the advent and fast progress of digital computing have allowed for the development of sophisticated modelling of the interaction between railway vehicles and infrastructure, such as rails and bridges, or the phenomena of instability. The last three decades have shown increasing progress in the field as two and three-dimensional models have been proposed. Furthermore, investigations on localized aspects of the problem, involving analytical, numerical or experimental studies, have contributed to the development of more refined models.

This Session aims at bringing together researchers and professionals from universities, research institutes and industry to discuss the modelling of railway vehicle-infrastructure interaction.

Contributions are welcome on the following and related topics:

  • Coupling between vehicle and infrastructure
  • Track irregularities modelling
  • Contact modelling
  • Structural dynamics of railway vehicle and infrastructure
  • Modelling the vehicle - track interaction at the limit of stability - the anomalous Doppler effect and the hunting
  • Finite element modelling
  • Numerical techniques
  • Analytical and semi-analytical procedures
  • Experimental analysis
  • Software development
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Prof. João Elias Abdalla Filho
    Mechanical Engineering Program
    Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil
    (joao.abdalla AT
    Civil Engineering Program
    Federal Technological University of Paraná, Brazil
    (joaofilho AT
  • Dr. Traian Mazilu
    Department of Railway Vehicles
    University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania (trmazilu 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 "RW2012-S10" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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