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

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

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