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Rail Vehicle Engineering 101

Introduction :

System Overview :
Definition of a Rail Vehicle
Systematics of rail vehicles

Rail vehicle fundamentals :
Structural elements
Operating conditions

Train dynamics :
Coordinate system and forces
Train and track resistance
Train braking
Wheel-rail normal contact
Wheel-rail tangential contact

Track guidance :
Track gauges
Running stability: the hunting motion

Vehicle design :
Car body requirements
Main elements and design principles
Lightweight design
Design limitation
Running gear structure