This course deals with electric railway systems which are one of the most important applications of electric machinery. The topics of this course include operation of trains, tracks, feeders, substations, various communications including signal and safety systems, structures, and high-speed railways.
The recent advance in the electric railway technology is quite a remarkable, especially in the characteristic improvements as a high-speed large-capacity transportation method. Recently, the electric railways attract worldwide attention due to the higher oil prices and unpredictable crude oil markets. Particularly, attention has been paid to Japanese electric railway technologies because our country is one of the most leading countries in electrification of the railway system. From this point of view, it is quite important to grasp the significance, technology, operation of the electric railways.
The aim of this course is to learn the following abilities:
1. To explain the roles and functions of electric railways.
2. To explain the necessities of each device or facility composing electric railway systems.
3. To explain the structures and principles of the devices and facilities composing electric railway systems.
Corresponding educational goals are:
(1) Specialist skills: Fundamental specialist skills
(4) Applied skills (inquisitive thinking and/or problem-finding skills) Organization and analysis
(7) Skills acquiring a wide range of expertise, and expanding it into more advanced and other specialized areas
Electric railways，electric cars, signal and safety systems, ground facilities, high-speed railways
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This course presents the dominant roles, configuration, principles of the electric railway systems in each class.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Outline of electric railways||Understanding of the outline of electric railways|
|Class 2||Operation of trains and signal/safety systems||Understanding of operation of trains and signal/safety systems|
|Class 3||Tracks, feeding circuits, and substation for electric railways||Understanding of tracks, feeding circuits, and substation for electric railways|
|Class 4||Communication in railway systems||Understanding of communication in railway systems|
|Class 5||Tracks and structures for railway systems||Understanding of tracks and structures for railway systems|
|Class 6||Cars for electric railways||Understanding of cars for electric railways|
|Class 7||Systems for Shinkansen express and other high-speed railways||Understanding of systems for Shinkansen express and other high-speed railways|
|Class 8||Technical tour||Understanding of real electric railway systems|
Masayuki Matsumoto, "Denki Tetsudou,"Morikita Publishing Co., Ltd., ISBN: 4627741820
Grading is based on reports (100%). The reports will include the roles, functions, necessities, structures and principles of the devices and facilities, safety and so on. From the reports, the basic knowledge and understanding will be evaluated in planing, design, operation, and maintenance of electric railway systems.