Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2007/08
Transport systems design and planning
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Dalla Chiara Bruno ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/05 72 32 6 0 7
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/05 10 C - Affini o integrative Cultura scientifica, umanistica, giuridica, economica, socio-politica
Objectives of the course
The course aims to teach participants the engineering, design and operation of transport systems based on fixed installations ' i.e. rail systems, rope transport systems, underground systems, also with automated guidance ' and related terminals for modal interchange, including handling and lifting equipment; methods for optimising the use of resources and advanced transport systems, based on the use of telematics, are included in above-mentioned topics.
The course is divided into two parts: the first concerns the principles and methodologies for designing and operating rope, rail and non-conventional transport systems; the second deals with freight transport systems, outdoors (or external) logistics, with particular reference to intermodal transport and the dimensioning of related installations and infrastructures, such as intermodal and container terminals, freight villages, inland waterways. Finally, the course covers automation systems and telematics applied to transport systems, as far as the course aims are involved.
The lecturer can usually be contacted at the DITIC Department, Transport Area (3rd floor).
Expected skills
Once a student has successfully completed the course, he is expected to have acquired the capacity to design a transport system based on a requested potentiality and performance, in accordance with existing technical standards and optimising the available resources; given that this is the main aim, knowledge of the transport or mobility demand to be satisfied and basic competence regarding the mechanical and electric components that can be used in transport installations are expected to have been learnt from previous or concomitant courses.
Most innovative transport systems are contemplated, including those with elevated automation or based on the use of telematic systems for their control and management.
Knowledge of the basic elements of Physics, rational and applied Mechanics, balance of forces, elementary functioning of electric motors and transport engineering, with particular reference ' as regards the latter ' to the appraisal of queue theory, transport capacity and potentiality calculation. On the subject of rail systems, a basic knowledge of how railways operate would be useful.
1. Premises for transport systems engineering and design: quantification of transport demand
2. Technical-administrative procedures for engineering and designing transport systems and infrastructures; Technical standards for different kinds of transport systems and installations.

Rope transport systems: elevators, cableways, automated people movers based on rope traction
Principles of functioning, classification, engineering and design of rope transport systems; Steel wire ropes; Configuration of operating ropes; 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: Vehicle - infrastructure interaction; Components of rail vehicles and related dimensioning principles; Route groups; Electrification of rail lines; Constraints for the design of railways relating to the operation and performance of rail vehicles; Tilting trains and connected operation; Relations between high speed line design and operation.
2.Constructing principles and design of fixed guidance transportation systems (tramways, underground/tubes, light railways) and innovative transportation systems (automated people movers).

1. Multimodal and intermodal transport, unit loads, intermodal transport units.
2. Principles and methodologies for designing shunting stations, terminals of intermodal freight transport, related lifting and handling techniques and equipment.
3. Principles for designing freight villages or logistic centres, ports and the description of the logistic chain; interchange and parking areas.
4. Equipment and infrastructures for inland navigation and transport.
5. Methods for optimising transport and the distribution of goods.
6. Telematics for transport: design of intelligent transport systems (ITS), framework architecture.
Laboratories and/or exercises
The exercises consist in the preparation of a design, carried out by small groups of students, comprising the descriptive part, the calculations, and the graphic support relating to a subject chosen by each individual group from those included in the programme, for example a rope installation.
During the exercises, numerical applications related to topics already encountered during lessons are carried out and solved; they concern the design of fixed transport systems (lifts, rope systems, railways), intermodal terminals, and marshalling yards. 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 Department laboratory and at transport installations or terminals.
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, Dip. DITIC - Trasporti, Ed. MarioGros, August 2006 (main textbook, in Italian and English)
Crotti A. with the collaboration of Alberto D., Dalla Chiara B., Vallana M., Impianti a fune, Politecnico di Torino, Dip. DITIC-Trasporti, Ed. MarioGros, marzo 2006 (main textbook, in Italian)
Technical standards for the design of elevators and rope transport systems (for consultation)
Dalla Chiara B., Vitali V., Cableway Design Package (C.D.P.) ' Software package and Users' handbook / Software impianti a fune (S.I.F.) ' Pacchetto software e Manuale dell'utente, pp. 1-127, Politecnico di Torino - DITIC, October 2003 (distributed by the lecturer)
Mayer L., Impianti ferroviari, Ed. CIFI Roma (main textbook, in Italian, http://www.cifi.it)
Dalla Chiara B., Engineering and design of railway systems, pages 1-296, Politecnico di Torino, Ed. MarioGros, September 2007 (main textbook, in English)
Dalla Chiara B., Marigo D., Benzo G., Interporti e Terminali intermodali, Hoepli, 2002
Liberatore M., Sistemi di trasporto di massa e tecnologie innovative, Ed. Masson (for consultation)
Revisions / Exam
Apprehension is assessed both through the preparation of a preliminary design of any transport system, which is carried out during the teaching period of the course (September-December), and through the completion of short exercises in class aimed at solving recurrent problems in transport systems engineering, design and operation.
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.2008/09

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