Course Details

Permanent Way Theory

DNB018 course is part of 4 study plans

Ph.D. full-t. program DPC-K compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 8 credits

Ph.D. combi. program DKC-K compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 8 credits

Ph.D. full-t. program DPA-K compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 8 credits

Ph.D. combi. program DKA-K compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 8 credits

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.

Course Guarantor

doc. Ing. Otto Plášek, Ph.D.


Institute of Railway Structures and Constructions

Learning outcomes

The subject aim is to provide students with a theoretical basis of phenomena associated with the interaction of the track-vehicle, wheel-rail, rail loading, designing and evaluation of sleepers and bearers, stability and failures of continuous welded track. The methods of static and dynamic analyses are presented, both analytical mathematical models and numerical methods of solution, especially FEM.


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.

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Forms and criteria of assessment

The condition of the successful conclusion of the course requires the submission of a written seminar thesis on a given topic, usually related to the theme of student study.


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

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.


3 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

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.