Vehículos y Operación de Servicios Ferroviarios

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree Rail System and Electric Drive.


Railway Systems
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
High Velocity Trains and Interurban Train Service
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
1. Scales and units employed in passenger transport.
2. Demand and market. Technical and financial details.
3. Supply. Products, trains and services.
4. Principles and advantages of high sped trains.
5. High velocity trains in Spain.
6. Technology specific to high speed train lines.
7. The aerodynamics of high velocity trains.
8. Rolling stock used for conventional medium and long distance service.
9. Rolling stock used for high speed service.
10. Technical and financial exploitation of high speed service.
11. Design and management of stations and terminals for passenger service.
Local Trains, Regional Trains, Underground, Trams
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
1. Urban and metropolitan transport. Characteristics.
2. Demand and the market.
3. Technical and financial exploitation of metropolitan and urban rail transport.
4. Local train service.
5. Underground.
6. Light rail and trams.
7. Tram trains.
8. Accessibility and intermodal transport.
Merchandise and Logistics
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
1. Demand and the Market.
2. Train production. Transport plans.
3. Freight terminals.
4. Siding. Specific derivatives.
5. Transport logistics.
Electricity and Railway Mechanics
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
1. Static and Dynamic Kinematics.
2. Drag. Gravitational loads.
3. Introduction to the Railway Dynamics. Speed. Layout.
4. Mechanical Vibrations.
5. Wheel Kinematics and Dynamics.
6. Axis dynamics. Qualitative analysis. Equations.
Electric Traction
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
1. Basic principles.
2. Mechanical transmission.
3. Traction motors that use commutators and how to control them.
4. Synchronous traction motors and how to control them.
5. Asynchronous traction motors and how to control them.
6. Other traction motors.
7. Diesel/electric traction.
8. Electric automobile traction.
Elements of Rolling Stock
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
1. Rolling Stock on railway systems.
2. The main systems.
3. Elements of crashes and traction. Couplings.
4. Traction devices.
5. Braking devices.
6. Required equipment for trains.
7. Installation of train systems.
8. Other boarding systems.
9. Various considerations for projects.
Engineering and Maintenance
3 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
1. Reliability.
2. Maintainability.
3. Availability.
4. Life cycle.
5. Project reliability.
6. Designing for maintainability.
7. Comprehensive management of maintenance.
8. Technical management of maintenance.
9. Improving maintenance efficiency.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
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(216 teaching hours)

Start date:
Start date:20/10/2017 End date:09/03/2018
Friday  15:00 to 21:00Saturday  09:00 to 15:00
Taught at:
EPSEVG - Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú
Av. Víctor Balaguer, s/n
Vilanova i la Geltrú

Registration fee:
5.400 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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