Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Civil Engineering (cod. 0930)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student acquires good skills to design a railway infrastructure, from a geometric and functional point of view, with particular attention to both traditional and high-speed lines.

Course contents

Planning and design of railways: geometric design consistency, traffic analysis, materials and construction techniques for pavements.

1. design of the railway track structure: rails, sleepers, fastening system, ballast, sub-ballast, subgrade;

2. switches and crossings;

3. railway stations;

4. railway maintenance and monitoring processes;

5. railway high-speed tracks and trains.


- Bonnett C. (2005). Pratical railway engineering, Ed. Imperial College Press;

- Stagni E. (1971). Meccanica della locomozione, Ed. Patron;

- Mayer L. (2004). Impianti ferroviari. Ed. CIFI;

- Dondi G., Lantieri C., Simone A. & Vignali V. (2013). Costruzioni stradali - Aspetti progettuali e costruttivi. Ed. Hoepli.

Teaching methods

Oral lessons.

Assessment methods

Oral examination.

Teaching tools

Lectures will be given with ppt slides.

Office hours

See the website of Valeria Vignali


Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.