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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
Railway Vehicle-Infrastructure Interaction:
Experimental, Analytical and Numerical Advances
organised by
Professor João Elias Abdalla Filho,
Mechanical Engineering Program, Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil; and Federal Technological University of Paraná, Brazil
and Professor Ricardo Carrazedo,
Structural Engineering Department, São Carlos School of Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Session Aims and Scope
Vehicle-infrastructure interaction is recognized as an important subject in railways field. Vehicle parameters such as axle load, speed, stiffness of suspension and conditions of the wheels have a significant importance in the generated loads. On the other hand the properties of the infrastructure may differ significantly in a smooth or rough track, ballasted or floating slab track, in a tunnel or in a bridge. In this case, not only the response of the infrastructure in terms of forces, displacements or vibrations would be different during the passage of a vehicle but also the loads applied during a pass by could be significantly affected by the infrastructure. Early attempts to model the behaviour of vehicles interacting with 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. The last three decades have shown increasing progress in the field as two and three-dimensional models have been proposed. Further, investigation on localized aspects of the problem, either analytical, numerical or experimental, 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 railway vehicle-infrastructure interaction. Contributions are welcome on the following and related topics:

  • Modelling of coupling between vehicle and infrastructure
  • Influence of the infrastructure typology
  • Static and dynamic response of the infrastructure
  • Track irregularities modelling
  • Contact modelling
  • Structural dynamics of railway vehicle and infrastructure
  • 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 and
    Federal Technological University of Paraná,
    (joao.abdalla AT Or (joaofilho AT
  • Prof. Ricardo Carrazedo
    Structural Engineering Department
    São Carlos School of Engineering
    University of São Paulo
    (carrazedo 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 "RW2014-S17" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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