Railway design has a long history and is settled on an extensive framework of regulations, standards and laws. Nevertheless, system development is still a very vital field with increasing requirements (which is reflected in the regulations) and a continuous demand for ongoing optimization, e.g. with regard to energy efficiency, reduction of product and life cycle costs, increase of active and passive safety, ... - all under the requirements of increasing performance issues.
Resulting from this there is a strong need for advanced and practical numerical methods and tools to drive system development in an efficient way. In this minisymposium several aspects on current issues for computational rail vehicle development shall be presented, where the state-of-the-art, but also restrictions with regard to methods and tools, shall be addressed.
Possible topics (depending on the availability of presenters): structural light weight design, numerical optimization, current static and fatigue strength issues, advances in the modeling of the wheel/rail contact, consideration of wear phenomena, computational fluid dynamics, fire dynamics simulation, crashworthiness and/or interior safety issues.