New concepts in railway signalling
Development of a rule-based interlocking logic
The research group “Signalling” within the long-term cooperation between TU Darmstadt and Deutsche Bahn (Germany’s biggest railway company) works on the newest generation of interlocking systems for railway operation. The aim of railway signalling is to avoid threads for humans, goods and railway infrastructure. Currently, one of the main concepts of railway signalling in Germany is based on the block system. The track is split in fixed sections called “block” and it has to be ensured that every block is occupied by only one train at a time. However, new technologies like ETCS level 3 will allow for a major revision of railway safety concepts. In foreseeable future the moving block will be established. It increases the capacity of the existing infrastructure because less space on the track needs to be reserved for a single train. Automatic train operation will allow for a more energy-efficient way of driving. The prospective increase of capacity and the reduction of operation costs enable railways as an environmental mode of transport to stay competitive.
There are several individual projects within the research group. E.g., developing a new rule-based logic for interlocking systems or creating concepts for automatic train operation in case of exceptional occurrences. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Two IREP students can work on this project.
Pre-requisites or requirements for the project
- basic knowledge of railway safety concepts is useful
- object oriented programming and modelling skills are an advantage
Recommended literature and preparation
Ulrich Maschek: „Sicherung des Schienenverkehrs: Grundlagen und Planung der Leit- und Sicherungstechnik“, 3. überarbeite und erweiterte Auflage, erschienen bei Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden 2015
until end of December 2018