Course detail

Railway Substructure Theory

FAST-DNB019Acad. year: 2023/2024

Students are introduced in details to the theory of static and dynamic design and estimation of railway substructure in seminars. Themes are focused on track upgrading with respect to speed and axle load increasing.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Railway Structures and Constructions (ZEL)

Entry knowledge

Structural mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, dynamics of civil structures, numerical mathematics, physics.
Soil mechanics, stability analysis of slope, earth pressures, soil compaction, improvement of soil properties, stabilization.
Railway structures, switches, railway track geometry components and alignment, design of railway tracks and stations.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


The objective of the subject is to deepen knowledge in railway substructure theory with respect to theme of PhD thesis.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

ESVELD, Coenraad. Modern railway track. 2nd ed. Zaltbommel: MRT-Productions, c2001, 654 s. ISBN 90-800-3243-3. (EN)

IŽVOLT, Libor. Železničný spodok: namáhanie, diagnostika, navrhovanie a realizácia konštrukčných vrstiev telesa železničného spodku. V Žiline: Žilinská univerzita, 2008. ISBN 978-808-0708-023.


LICHTBERGER, Bernhard. Track compendium: track system, substructure, maintenance, economics. 2. Hamburg: DVV Media Group, 2011. ISBN 978-3-7771-0421-8.


PLÁŠEK, Otto, Pavel ZVĚŘINA, Richard SVOBODA a Milan MOCKOVČIAK. Železniční stavby: Železniční spodek a svršek. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2004. ISBN 80-214-2621-7.


Recommended reading

FRÝBA, Ladislav. Vibration of solids and structures under moving loads. Vyd. 3., angl. 4. Prague: Academia, 1999. ISBN 80-200-0715-6.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme DKA-K Doctoral, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DPC-K Doctoral, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DKC-K Doctoral, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DPA-K Doctoral, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction and preparation of study literature. 2.-6. Introductory lectures. 7.–10. Seminars for an appointed theme. 11.–13. Completion seminar thesis with the appointed theme.