Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
Transport systems engineering and operation
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Dalla Chiara Bruno ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ICAR/05 46.5 53.5 0 0 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/05 10 C - Affini o integrative A12
Subject fundamentals
Core subject of the specialisation in Transport systems. The subject aims to teach students the engineering, design and operation of transport systems based on fixed guide-way – i.e. rail transport systems, rope installations, underground systems, also with automated guidance – and related terminals for multimodal transport, including handling and lifting equipment; methods for optimising the use of resources and most technologically advanced transport systems, based on the use of telematics, are included in above-mentioned topics.
The subject is composed by two parts: the first regards the principles and methodologies for the engineering, design and operation of rope, rail and non-conventional transport systems; the second deals with freight transport systems and outdoors (or external) logistics, with particular reference to intermodal transport, the dimensioning of related installations and infrastructures, such as inland and container terminals, freight villages, inland waterways. Finally, the subject introduces transport telematics for intelligent transport systems related to course aims.
The skills provided offer wide possibilities on the market, in particular that of transport systems operating on fixed guide-ways.
Essential subject for specialising in the industrial field of transport systems, in their various applications in the labour market, from which a specific skill in this field is recurrently requested.
Expected learning outcomes
Once a student has successfully completed the subject, he is expected to have acquired the competences for the engineering, design and operation of a transport system based on a requested potentiality and performance, in accordance with existing technical standards and optimising the available resources; provided that this is the main aim, the student is expected to have learnt - from previous or concomitant courses - the transport or mobility demand to be satisfied and to have acquired a basic competence on mechanical and electric components that can be used in transport systems and installations.
Most innovative transport systems are contemplated, including those with elevated automation or based on the use of telematic systems for their control and management.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of the basic elements of Physics, applied Mechanics, balance of forces, elementary operation of electric motors, models and technologies for traffic and transport, with particular reference to the appraisal of the queuing theory and calculation of transport hourly capacity. As regards rail systems, a basic knowledge on train operation and on traffic engineering would be useful.
First part: rope, rail, non-conventional transport systems design and practice
Fundaments and methodologies for the engineering and design of transport systems
1. Premises for transport systems engineering and design: quantification of transport demand and application of the queuing theory.
2. Technical and administrative procedures for the engineering and design of transport systems with related infrastructures; technical standards for reference for various transport systems and installations.

Rope transport systems: elevators, cableways, automated people movers based on rope traction
Classification, principles of operation, engineering and design of elevators and rope transport systems; steel wire ropes; configuration of ropes in operation; elements constituting rope installations and principles for their design and calculation; technical standards; operation, maintenance and non-destructive controls on installations; electrical operation devices; safety and security.

Railway transport systems and fixed guidance public transport systems design and practice
1. Rail transport systems: overview on railway lines and rolling stock; components of rail vehicles and principles for related dimensioning; vehicle - infrastructure interaction; rail operation and related calculations; route groups; signalling and control; notes on electrification of railways; constraints for their design relating to the operation and performance of rail vehicles; tilting trains and related operation; inferences between design and operation of high speed lines.
2. Constructing principles and design of fixed guideway transportation systems (tramways, underground/metros, light railways) and innovative transportation systems (automated people movers).

Second part: Freight Transport and External Logistics
1. Multimodal and intermodal transport, unit loads, intermodal transport units.
2. Principles and methodologies for designing shunting stations for marshalling yards, terminals for intermodal freight transport, related handling techniques and equipment.
3. Principles for designing freight villages or logistic centres, container terminals in ports and the description of the logistics chain; interchange and parking areas.
4. Equipment and infrastructures for transport by inland waterways.
5. Methods for optimising and choosing transport and distribution of goods.
6. Hints on transport telematics related to the design of intelligent transport systems (ITS).
Delivery modes
During the exercises, numerical applications related to topics already encountered during lessons are carried out and solved; they concern the design of fixed guideway transport systems (lifts, rope systems, railways), intermodal terminals and marshalling yards.
Students, grouped in small numbers, are requested to prepare the design, comprising the descriptive part, the dimensioning and calculation, with related the graphic support, concerning a subject chosen from those included in the programme, usually a rope transport system.
When calculating rope installations, students are provided with a software package, to be used together with technical standards provided by the lecturer.
During the course, technical visits are also organised at the internal Department laboratory and at outdoors transport installations or terminals.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
- Course notes prepared by the lecturer concerning all the themes covered are distributed during the course.
- Dalla Chiara et al., Progettazione di ascensori - "Technical Design of Lifts", Politecnico di Torino, Dept. DITIC - Trasporti, Ed. MarioGros, August 2006 (useful textbook on this subject, in Italian and English)
- Crotti A. with Alberto D., Dalla Chiara B., Vallana M., Impianti a fune, Politecnico di Torino, Dept. DITIC-Trasporti, Ed. MarioGros, marzo 2006 (main textbook for this subject, in Italian)
- Technical standards for the design of elevators and rope transport systems (for consultation, on the educational web)
- Dalla Chiara B., Vitali V., Cableway Design Package (C.D.P.) – Software package and Users’ handbook, pp. 1-127, Politecnico di Torino - DITIC, October 2003 (distributed by the lecturer)
- Mayer L., Impianti ferroviari, Ed. CIFI Roma (in Italian, http://www.cifi.it)
- Dalla Chiara B., Engineering and design of railway systems, pp.1-296, Politecnico di Torino, Ed. CLUT, September 2012 (main textbook for this subject, in English)
- Dalla Chiara B., Sistemi di trasporto intermodali: progettazione ed esercizio, Maggio 2009, EGAF Ed. (main textbook for this subject, in Italian)
Assessment and grading criteria
Apprehension is assessed both through the preparation of a preliminary design of a transport system with fixed guide-way, usually with rope traction, that is carried out during the teaching period of the course (October-January), and through the completion of short exercises in class aimed at solving recurrent problems in the engineering, design and operation of transport systems and installations.
The final exam consists in the completion and submission of the aforesaid project for a transport system, which will be agreed at the beginning of the course, in a written test on the kind of exercises completed during the teaching period, and in a final oral examination on the entire programme covered.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2015/16

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