Title: Elektrische Eisenbahntechnik (Electrical Railway Technology)
Short Code: EVA-EES ERT
ECTS Credits: 1
Organizer Details: FHNW, Institute of Electric Power Systems, Ishan Pendharkar (ishan.pendharkar@fhnw.ch)

Active participation on all three days required including exercises and presentation

Decision Date: 1. Oktober 2023 
Start Date: 20. Oktober 2023 
End Date: 3. November 2023 
Date Details:

Three full days: 20th October (Day 1); 27th October. (Day 2); 3rd November. (Day 3)

 from 9 am to 5.30 pm, with two short breaks and a lunchbreak. 

The course shall take place on campus (FHNW Windisch). Details shall be communicated to registered participants.


English, but some documents will be provided in German

Description (max. 300 characters):

This module shall provide an introduction to (Electrical) Railway Engineering. We will take a systematic approach and learn about various components (Vehicles and Tracks) and their interractions. 

The emphasis is on electrical engineering as the title suggests. Basic electrical engineering background shall be assumed. 

Contents and Learning Objectives:

The following table provides orientation regarding the course structure and schedule. It is possible that some topics have to be shifted / changed to suit the students' backgrounds.


Day 1  
Introduction & Learning Goals 9:00-9:15
Introduction to Railways 9:15-10:00
Force, Traction and braking 10:30-12:00
Lunch Break 12:00 - 13:00
Force, Traction and braking (cont'd) 13:00-14:00
Group Work & Problem solving
"Design of traction equipment based on vehicle requirements"
Group Presentations and Discussion 16:00-17:00
Day 2  
Vehicle Control Functions 9:00-10:30
Train Control and Management (TCMS) 10:30-12:00
Lunch Break 12:00 - 13:00
Converter Control (cont'd) 13:00 - 14:00
Group Work & Problem solving
"Optimal Driving and braking profiles"
Group Presentations and Discussion 16:00-17:00
Day 3  
Railway Infrastructure (Energy) 9:00-10:30
Group Work - Line voltage calculation 10:30-12:00
Lunch Break 12:00 - 13:00
Introduction to Signalling & Train Protection 13:00-15:00
Careers in Railways in Switzerland 15:00-16:00
Visit - SBB Historic (Windisch) 16:30-17:30


Literature shall be provided by the lecturer. 


-- Laptop with docker for calculations & simulations. A docker container shall be provided. 


Ishan Pendharkar, ishan.pendharkar@fhnw.ch

Contact Person E-Mail: ishan.pendharkar@fhnw.ch
Status: registration open
Specialization: Energy and Environment (EE)

Industrial Technologies (InT)

Civil Engineering (CE)

Electrical Engineering (ElE)

Energy & Environment (EnEn)

Mechanical Engineering (ME)


[Responsible for this text: Pendharkar Ishan]