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RAILWAYS 2024
The Sixth International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance

incorporating:

STECH 2024
The 10th International Symposium on
Speed-up and Sustainable Technology
for Railway and Maglev Systems

1-5 September 2024
Prague, Czech Republic

Call-for Papers closes: 3rd May

Introduction
Railways have always played a significant role in the development of the wealth creation capabilities of society. The early roman wagonways, the steam driven railways during the industrial revolution and the electric railways of the late nineteenth and twentieth century are just a few of the railway systems that have played a vital role in past infrastructure development. The search for a fast, reliable and cost effective means of transport that presents better energy efficiency and less impact on the environment has resulted in renewed interest and rapid development in railway technology.

Following the success of many special sessions on railway technology, held over many years in the Civil-Comp Conference series, a new conference series was created in 2012. The first conference was held in: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012; the second in Ajaccio, Corsica, in 2014; the third in Cagliari, Sardinia in 2016; the fourth in Sitges, Barcelona in 2018; and the fifth in Montpelier, France in 2022.

Papers presented at the Railways 2022 Conference can be found here on: www.ctresources.info

Major Conference Themes
The major themes for this conference will include (but are not limited to):

  1. Rolling Stock
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Energy and Environment
  4. Signalling and Communication
  5. Operations
  6. Strategies and Economics
  7. Emerging Technologies

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 1: Rolling Stock

  • Rolling stock design, manufacture and maintenance
  • Modelling and Simulation: Railway dynamics, Structural analysis, Crashworthiness and Wheel-rail interaction
  • Pantograph-catenary dynamics
  • Wear and Fatigue
  • High speed trains
  • Light railways and trams
  • Technologies to increase freight capacity
  • Bogies technology
  • Field and laboratory testing
  • Performance and optimisation
  • Aerodynamics and crosswind
  • Noise, vibration and comfort
  • Traction and braking
  • Safety, security and reliability
  • Ergonomics and interior design

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 2: Infrastructure

  • Railway structures: Bridges, tunnels and transition zones
  • Track design, construction and maintenance
  • Interaction of vehicles with the infrastructure
  • Foundations
  • Track monitoring
  • Trackbeds: Sleepers and ties
  • Geotechnical aspects: Earthworks, embankments, stabilisation
  • Technologies for track defects detection
  • Station design

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 3: Energy and Environment

  • Decarbonising the rail industry
  • Re-use of kinetic energy
  • Energy sources and smart grids
  • Hybrid traction and power trains
  • Sustainable rail transport

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 4: Signalling and Communication

  • ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System
  • ITS - Information and Technology Systems

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 5: Operations

  • Railway systems operation
  • Traffic management
  • Interoperability
  • Intermodal solutions
  • Customer interfaces
  • Timetabling
  • Logistics

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 6: Strategies and Economics

  • Railway transport: Capacity and cost
  • Track access charges
  • Cost implications
  • Pricing
  • Planning and policies
  • Future trends in railway engineering
  • Railways: History, heritage and education

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 7: Emerging Technologies

  • Maglev Systems
  • Battery and Hydrogen Trains
  • Personal Rapid Transit
  • Hyperloop
  • Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Twin
  • Internet of Trains
  • Blockchain Technology
Conference Proceedings, DOIs and Archiving
All papers presented at the Railways 2024 Conference will be archived here: www.ctresources.info. CTResources is a member of Crossref. Each paper will be assigned a DOI with Crossref. The volume for Railways 2024 will be allocated an ISSN.
Special Sessions
The list of special sessions is being assembled. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow.

Conference Chairmen
The Railways 2024 Conference Chairman and Editor is Professor Joao Pombo, Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, UK and LAETA, IDMEC, IST-University of Lisbon and ISEL-Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, Portugal.

The Chairman of STECH 2024: The 10th International Symposium on Speed-up and Sustainable Technology for Railway and Maglev Systems, is Professor Hitoshi Tsunashima, Nihon University, Japan.

Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. If you wish to participate in a special session please indicate this when you submit your paper.

The current list of special sessions includes:

  • RWL-S1: Advances in Railway Aerodynamics
    organised by:
    Dr. James Bell, German Aerospace Center, Germany
    Prof. Guowei Yang, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy Sciences, China
    Prof. Zhenxu Sun, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy Sciences, China
    Prof. Tiantian Wang, Hunan University, China
    Prof. Tian Li, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

  • RWL-S2: Railway Bridges
    organised by:
    Prof. Rui Calçada, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
    Prof. José Goicolea, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
    Prof. Anders Rønnquist, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
    Prof. Pedro Museros Romero, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
    Dr. Pedro Montenegro, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
    Prof. Diogo Ribeiro, Polytecnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

    This special session aims to bring together the latest achievements, research and studies regarding the railway bridges, both in terms of design, monitoring and condition assessment. Theoretical, experimental and computational investigations (or a combination of these) are welcome. Expected papers will cover various aspects related with the dynamic and static behaviour of the railway bridges, including train-bridge interaction, structural health monitoring (SHM) applied to bridges, normative aspects related to railway bridges, load models, applications in high-speed railways, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques applied to damage detection in railway bridges, ballasted and non-ballasted systems, soil-structure interaction, reliability and train running safety under strong winds and/or earthquake actions, ride comfort, resonance effects, among others.
  • RWL-S3: Railway Noise and Vibration
    organised by:
    Dr. Michael Steenbergen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    Prof. Geert Degrande, Université Catholique de Leuven, Belgium
  • RWL-S4: Pantograph-Catenary Systems
    organised by:
    Prof. Jorge Ambrósio, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Dr. Alan Facchinetti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Prof. Anders Rønnquist, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
    Dr. Pedro Antunes, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Prof. Manuel Tur Valiente, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
    Prof. Zhigang Liu, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
    Prof. Yang Song, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
  • RWL-S5: Health/Condition Monitoring and Railway Asset Management
    organised by:
    Prof. Uday Kumar, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
    Dr. Richard Loendersloot, University of Twente, Netherlands
    Prof. Gareth Tucker, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Prof. Matti Rantatalo, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
    Dr. Annemieke Meghoe, University of Twente, Netherlands
    Prof. Laurent Bouillaut, Université Gustave Eiffel, France
  • RWL-S6: Smart Technologies, Digital Twins and Artificial Intelligence for Railway Asset Management
    organised by:
    Dr. Hongrui Wang, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    Dr. Alfredo Núñez Vicencio, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    Prof. Zhigang Liu, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
    Dr. Isidro Cardenas, Cranfield University, UK
    Burchard Ripke, Deutsche Banh DB, Germany
  • RWL-S7: Railway Infrastructure Maintenance and Inspection
    organised by:
    Dr. Brian Counter, University of Derby, UK
  • RWL-S8: Axle Bearing Monitoring and Bearing Technologies
    organised by:
    Prof. Fengshou Gu, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Dr. Bingham Chen, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • RWL-S9: Railway Dynamics and Vehicle-Track Interaction
    organised by:
    Prof. Yoshihiro Suda, University of Tokyo, Japan
    Prof. Simon Iwnicki, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Dr. Enrico Meli, University of Florence, Italy
    Prof. José Escalona, University of Seville, Spain
    Dr. Hugo Magalhães, MainRail, Spain

    This special session aims to bring together the latest research achievements and case studies regarding vehicle track interaction including wheel-rail contact, vehicle running gear innovations and relevant infrastructure aspects. Papers dealing with developments in design and maintenance are welcome including the use of computer simulation, data processing, artificial intelligence and modern manufacturing and materials methods. Results from the use of novel components and in service experience would also be within scope for this session.
    We hope to include papers from the key researchers in Universities and Industry working on these important topics.
  • RWL-S10: Wheel-Rail Contact Mechanics and Related Problems
    organised by:
    Prof. Zili Li, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    Prof. Ernesto Garcia, University of Basque Country, Spain
    Dr. Zhen Yang, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • RWL-S11: Wheel-Rail Interaction: Tribology, Degradation, Monitoring, Maintenance, Modelling and Validation
    organised by:
    Dr. Michaël Steenbergen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    Prof. Auteliano Santos Jr., University of Campinas, Brazil
    Prof. Nicola Bosso, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • RWL-S12: Light Railway Vehicles and Tramway Systems
    organised by:
    Prof. Andrea Bracciali, University of Florence, Italy
    Dr. Bartosz Firlik, Poznań University of Technology, Poland
  • RWL-S13: Hyperloop Technologies
    organised by:
    Dr Jithu Paul, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    Jurjen Lohle, Hardt Hyperloop
    Dr. Karel van Dalen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
    Lorenzo Benedetti, EuroTube
    Martijn van Hoorn, Hardt Hyperloop

    This special session aims to bring together the latest achievements, research and studies regarding Hyperloop Technologies. We welcome a broad range of studies, ranging from in-depth technical (theoretical and/or experimental) ones all the way to high-level considerations regarding technology implementation. For example (this list is not exhaustive):

    ★ aeroelasticity in confined environments
    ★ propulsion and suspension technologies
    ★ vehicle-infrastructure interactions
    ★ control strategies
    ★ design of sustainable infrastructure
    ★ vehicle design
    ★ switching technologies
    ★ technology roadmaps
    ★ collaborative development
    ★ learning from maglev and aviation development
    ★ societal readiness (public support, policy, regulation, social acceptance, etc.)
  • RWL-S14: MAGLEV Systems
    organised by:
    Prof. Guobin Lin, Tongji University, China
    Dr. Fei Ni, Tongji University, China
  • RWL-S15: Traction and Braking: Control, Safety and Energy Recovery
    organised by:
    Prof. Jianyong Zuo, Tongji University, China
    Prof. Nicolò Zampieri, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    Dr. Yu Pan, Tongji University, China
    Dr. Jingxian Ding, Tongji University, China
  • RWL-S16: Railway Accident Analysis and Safety Technologies
    organised by:
    Prof. Akira Matsumoto, Nihon University, Japan
    Prof. Hideo Nakamura, Nihon University, Japan
    Dr. Hiroaki Ishida, Japan Transport Safety Board, Japan
  • RWL-S17: Railway Signalling and Safety
    organised by:
    Dr. Xiaocheng Ge, RSSB, UK
    Prof. Pradip Ray, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
    Prof. Coen Van Gulijk, TNO, Netherlands
    Prof. Subhash Panja, India
  • RWL-S18: Geotechnical Aspects in Rail-Track Performance
    organised by: Prof. António Gomes, Correia University of Minho, Portugal
    Prof. Peter Woodward, University of Leeds, UK
    Dr. Amine Dhemaied, SNCF Réseau, France
    Dr. Yoshitsugu Momoya, Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
  • RWL-S19: Switches and Crossings Developments
    organised by:
    Prof. Yann Bezin, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Prof. Björn Pålsson, Chalmers, Sweden
  • RWL-S20: Track Stiffness and Transition Zones: Problems, Solutions and Further Research
    organised by:
    Prof. Yann Bezin, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Dr. José Varandas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    Dr. Karel van Dalen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • RWL-S21: Stabilization of Aggregate Layers in Railway Infrastructure
    organised by:
    Prof. Leoš Horníček, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
    Prof. Erol Tutumluer, University of Illinois, USA
    Dr. Jacek Kawalec, Tensar, Czech Republic
  • RWL-S22: Trackbed Design and Maintenance
    organised by:
    Prof. Guoqing Jing, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
    Prof. Mingjing Fang, Wuhan University of Technology, China
  • RWL-S23: Railway Economics, Inter-Modal Traffic, Terminals and Logistics
    organised by:
    Dr. Armando Carrillo, EURNEX Association, Belgium
    Prof. Nebojsa Bojovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
    Dr. Milos Milenkovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • RWL-S24: Railway Operations Planning, Management and Service Optimization
    organised by:
    Prof. Lei Nie, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  • RWL-S25: Resilient Railway Services
    organised by:
    Prof. Lingyun Meng, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
    Prof. Xiaojie Luan, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  • RWL-S26: Vibration Analysis of Moving Load Problems – from Modelling to Railway Applications
    organised by:
    Prof. Piotr Koziol, Cracow University of Technology, Poland
    Prof. Zuzana Dimitrovová, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • RWL-S27: Future Trends in Railway Transport
    organised by:
    Dr. Howard Parkinson, Digital Transit, UK
  • RWL-S28: Innovative Materials and Novel Components for Railway Applications
    organised by:
    Prof. Simon Barrans, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • RWL-S29: Alternative Power Supply and Sustainable Rail Transport
    organised by:
    Dr. Luca Pugi, University of Florence, Italy
    Prof. Qing Wu, Central Queensland University, Australia
  • RWL-S30: Virtual Coupling and Automatic Train Operations
    organised by:
    Dr. Riccardo Parise, DLR - German Aerospace Center, Germany
Conference Editorial Board

The Conference Editorial Board is:

  • Prof. J. Abdalla Filho
    Brazil
  • Prof. K. Abe
    Japan
  • Prof. A. Ahern
    Republic of Ireland
  • Dr. H. Alturbeh
    UK
  • Dr. P. Alvarenga
    Portugal
  • Prof. P. Alves Costa
    Portugal
  • Prof. A. Andrade
    Portugal
  • Prof. J. M. Andr‚
    Portugal
  • Dr. P. Antunes
    UK
  • Dr. L. Auersch-Saworski
    Germany
  • Prof. L. Baeza
    Spain
  • Prof. M. Bagheri
    Iran
  • Prof. C. Barbosa
    Brazil
  • Prof. S. Barrans
    UK
  • Prof. M. Beitelschmidt
    Germany
  • Dr. J. Bell
    Germany
  • Prof. L. Bernucci
    Brazil
  • Prof. Y. Bezin
    UK
  • Prof. L. Bocii
    Romania
  • Prof. N. Bojovic
    Serbia
  • Prof. N. Bosso
    Italy
  • Prof. A. Bracciali
    Italy
  • Prof. S. Bruni
    Italy
  • Prof. N. Bugalia
    India
  • Prof. M. Burstow
    UK
  • Dr. L. Cantone
    Italy
  • Dr. A. Carrillo Zanuy
    Germany
  • Prof. S. Chaumette
    France
  • Dr. B. Chen
    UK
  • Prof. K. H. Cho
    South Korea
  • Prof. Y. H. Cho
    South Korea
  • Prof. B. Chowdhry
    Pakistan
  • Dr. B. Counter
    UK
  • Prof. B. De Schutter
    Netherlands
  • Prof. G. Degrande
    Belgium
  • Dr. A. Dhemaied
    France
  • Dr. S. Ding
    China
  • Dr. J. Ding
    China
  • Prof. D. Duhamel
    France
  • Dr. I. Durazo-Cardenas
    UK
  • Prof. M. Esmaeili
    Iran
  • Prof. A. Facchinetti
    Italy
  • Prof. M. Fang
    China
  • Prof. P. Ferreira
    Portugal
  • Prof. D. Ferre¤o Blanco
    Spain
  • Prof. E. Fortunato
    Portugal
  • Prof. M. Franco Porto
    Brazil
  • Prof. P. Galvin
    Spain
  • Prof. E. Garcia Vadillo
    Spain
  • Prof. M. Gaspareto
    Brazil
  • Dr. X. Ge
    UK
  • Prof. J. Goicolea
    Spain
  • Prof. A. Gomes Correia
    Portugal
  • Prof. F. Gu
    UK
  • Dr. Y. Handoko
    Indonesia
  • Prof. L. Hornicek
    Czech Republic
  • Dr. B. Hou
    China
  • Prof. B. Indraratna
    Australia
  • Prof. V. Infante
    Portugal
  • Dr. H. Ishida
    Japan
  • Prof. S. Iwnicki
    UK
  • Prof. G. Jing
    China
  • Prof. S. Jovanovic
    Serbia
  • Dr. J. Kalivoda
    Czech Republic
  • Dr. T. Koseki
    Japan
  • Prof. G. Kouroussis
    Belgium
  • Dr. P. Koziol
    Poland
  • Dr. R. Krishna K.
    India
  • Dr. N. Kuka
    Italy
  • Prof. U. Kumar
    Sweden
  • Dr. R. Lagos
    Spain
  • Prof. E. Larrode‚
    Spain
  • Prof. M. Lehnert
    Germany
  • Prof. R. Lewis
    UK
  • Prof. T. Li
    China
  • Prof. Z. Li
    Netherlands
  • Dr. R. Licciardello
    Italy
  • Prof. Y.-J. Lim
    South Korea
  • Prof. G. Lin
    China
  • Prof. Z. Liu
    China
  • Dr. R. Loendersloot
    Netherlands
  • Prof. M. Malvezzi
    Italy
  • Dr. M. Marinov
    UK
  • Dr. V. Markine
    Netherlands
  • Dr. R. Marxen
    Germany
  • Prof. A. Matsumoto
    Japan
  • Prof. T. Mazilu
    Romania
  • Dr. A. Meghoe
    Netherlands
  • Dr. E. Meli
    Italy
  • Dr. L. Mendes Vianna
    Brazil
  • Prof. Y. Michitsuji
    Japan
  • Dr. M. Milenkovic
    Serbia
  • Dr. Y. Momoya
    Japan
  • Dr. P. Montenegro
    Portugal
  • Dr. A. Mosleh
    Portugal
  • Prof. R. Motta
    Brazil
  • Prof. P. Museros
    Spain
  • Prof. V. Nalinaksh
    India
  • Dr. P. Navik
    Norway
  • Prof. Y.-Q. Ni
    Hong Kong
  • Dr. F. Ni
    China
  • Prof. M. Novales Ordax
    Spain
  • Prof. A. Nunez Vicencio
    Netherlands
  • Prof. H. Pan
    China
  • Dr. Y. Pan
    China
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    Thailand
  • Dr. H. Parkinson
    UK
  • Dr. J. Paul
    Netherlands
  • Prof. O. Plasek
    Czech Republic
  • Dr. O. Polach
    Switzerland
  • Prof. J. Preston
    UK
  • Dr. L. Pugi
    Italy
  • Prof. P. Ray
    India
  • Prof. D. Ribeiro
    Portugal
  • Prof. S. Ricci
    Italy
  • Dr. B. Ripke
    Germany
  • Dr. B. Rodr¡guez Arana
    Spain
  • Prof. A. Ronnquist
    Norway
  • Dr. J. Sainz-Aja
    Spain
  • Prof. G. Santos
    Brazil
  • Prof. A. Santos Junior
    Brazil
  • Prof. C. Schindler
    Germany
  • Prof. A. Shabana
    USA
  • Prof. K. B. Shin
    South Korea
  • Prof. E. Shkvar
    China and Ukraine
  • Dr. M. Sol S nchez
    Spain
  • Prof. Y. Song
    China
  • Prof. R. Spinola Barbosa
    Brazil
  • Dr. M. Steenbergen
    Netherlands
  • Prof. S. Strano
    Italy
  • Prof. Z. Sun
    China
  • Prof. Y. Terumichi
    Japan
  • Prof. N. Thom
    UK
  • Prof. G. Y. Tian
    UK
  • Dr. N. Tomii
    Japan
  • Prof. A. Torun
    Poland
  • Prof. H. Tsunashima
    Japan
  • Prof. G. Tucker
    UK
  • Prof. M. Tur Valiente
    Spain
  • Dr. K. van Dalen
    Netherlands
  • Prof. J. Varandas
    Portugal
  • Prof. T. Wang
    China
  • Dr. H. Wang
    Netherlands
  • Prof. G. Yang
    China
  • Dr. Z. Yang
    Netherlands
  • Prof. Y.-B. Yang
    Taiwan
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    Iran
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    Iran
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    Italy
  • Prof. W. Zhang
    China
  • Prof. W. Zheng
    China
  • Prof. J. Zuo
    China