Course syllabus

Samverkan fordon/bana-spårfordonsteknik
Interaction between Track and Vehicle-trackvehicle Technique

VVBF15, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 4
Date of Decision: 2012-02-14

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYI3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


the course aims to give students fundamental knowledge of the rail vehicle’s construction, function and dynamics, and the interaction between vehicle and railway line.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

· Be able to give an account of the dynamic interaction between vehicle and railway line, which comprises vehicle motion, rail force, risk of derailment, wear and tear of the rails and wheels and comfort of the traveller

· Understand the importance of the above for railway traffic safety, quality of goods and passenger transport and economy

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to calculate the forces that are brought to bear on the rails and rolling stock, taking into consideration the prevailing norms and regulations

Be able to give an account of solutions for various calculation tasks in brief reports


The course is divided into two parts, each of which ends with a written exam.

The first, interaction between vehicle/rail, contains the following elements:

Fundamental concepts

lurch, trailer tilting,

Wheel profiles and conicity

wheelset track steering

Rail forces, security against derailment

Wear and tear of wheels and rails

Motion-related comfort

The second, rail vehicle, contains the following phases:

Fundamental concepts

waggon and löpverk

Train propulsion


The vehicle’s outlines

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Two satisfactory exams consisting of vehicle/vehicle and railway vehicle. Satisfactory calculations. For a passing grade both exams and two assignments must be satisfactory. There is no points distribution between them. Calculations are included in both exams.

Code: 0111. Name: Part 1.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Satisfactory written exam.
Code: 0211. Name: Part 2.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Satisfactory written exam.


Required prior knowledge: VTVA35.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VVB671

Reading list

Contact and other information

Examinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar,
Course coordinator: Stellan Jönsson,
Course coordinator: Anders Wretstrand,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is given at Järnvägsskolan in Ängelholm.