Course detail

Permanent Way Theory

FAST-DNB018Acad. year: 2023/2024

Students are introduced in details to the track-vehicle interaction, the wheel-rail interaction, the theory of static and dynamic design and estimation of railway superstructure, switches and crossings in introductory lectures and 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.
Railway structures, switches, railway track geometry components and alignment, the design of railway tracks and stations, switches and crossings.

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 permanent way 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. ISBN 90-800-3243-3.


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

Vertical Elasticity of Ballasteless Track. Paris: UIC, 2008. ISBN 2-7461-1396-1. (EN)

DARR, Edgar. Feste Fahrbahn: Konstruktion, Bauarten, Systemvergleich feste Fahrbahn - Schotteroberbau. Hamburg: Tetzlaff Verlag, 1999. ISBN 38-781-4700-7.


Recommended reading

AL]., edited by Felix Schmid ... [et]. Best practice in wheel-rail interface management for mixed-traffic railways. Birmingham: University of Birmingham Press, 2010. ISBN 978-095-2999-737.


FRÝBA, Ladislav. Dynamika železničních mostů. Praha: Academia, 1992, 326 s. ISBN 80-200-0262-6.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme DKA-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DPC-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DKC-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DPA-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer 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.