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Rail Vehicle Engineering 101

Introduction :
Preliminaries


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