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Railways 2018 and STECH2018
The Fourth International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
The Eighth International Symposium
on Speed-up and Sustainable Technology
for Railway and Maglev Systems
Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
3-7 September 2018

This Civil-Comp Conference is organised by Elsevier and link to their site and abstract submission portal will be available soon

Railways have always played a significant role in the development of the wealth creation capabilities of society. The early roman wagonways, the steam driven railways during the industrial revolution and the electric railways of the late nineteenth and twentieth century are just a few of the railway systems that have played a vital role in past infrastructure development. The search for a fast, reliable and cost effective means of transport that presents better energy efficiency and less impact on the environment has resulted in renewed interest and rapid development in railway technology. Following the success of many special sessions on railway technology, held over the last few years in the Civil-Comp Conference series, a new conference series was created in 2012. The first conference was held in: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012; the second in Ajaccio, Corsica, in 2014; and the third in Cagliari, Sardinia in 2016.
The range of topics to be considered during this Conference includes (but is not limited to):

Rolling Stock

  • Rolling stock design, manufacture and maintenance
  • Modelling and Simulation: Railway dynamics, Structural analysis, Crashworthiness, Wheel-rail interaction, Pantograph-catenary dynamics, Wear and Fatigue
  • High speed trains
  • Light railways and trams
  • Technologies to increase freight capacity
  • Bogies technology
  • Field and laboratory testing
  • Performance and optimisation
  • Aerodynamics and crosswind
  • Noise, vibration and comfort
  • Traction and braking
  • Safety, security and reliability
  • Ergonomics and interior design
  • Railway structures: Bridges, tunnels and transition zones
  • Track design, construction and maintenance
  • Interaction of vehicles with the infrastructure
  • Foundations
  • Track monitoring
  • Trackbeds: Sleepers and ties
  • Geotechnical aspects: Earthworks, embankments, stabilisation
  • Technologies for track defects detection
  • Station design
Energy and Environment
  • Re-use of kinetic energy
  • Energy sources and smart grids
  • Hybrid traction and power trains
  • Sustainable rail transport
Signalling and communication
  • ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System
  • ITS - Information and Technology Systems
  • Railway systems operation
  • Traffic management
  • Interoperability
  • Intermodal solutions
  • Customer interfaces
  • Timetabling
  • Logistics
Strategies and Economics
  • Railway transport: Capacity and cost
  • Track access charges
  • Cost implications
  • Pricing
  • Planning and policies
  • Future trends in railway engineering
  • Railways: History, heritage and education
Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. If you wish to participate in a special session please indicate this when you submit your paper proposal. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date.

The list of special sessions is being assembled. Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including six or more papers are welcome.

Proposals for special sessions may be sent to the conference editor via: rw2018  AT

Opening Lecture
The conference opening lecture will commence at 5pm on Monday 3rd September 2018.

Technical Visits
Technical visits are being organized for the 7th September 2018. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Chairmen and Editor is Dr J. Pombo, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and LAETA, IDMEC, IST - University of Lisbon & ISEL - Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, Portugal.

Professor Y. Suda, University of Tokyo, Japan is the Organiser and Chairman of the International Symposia on Speed-up and Sustainable Technology for Railway and Maglev Systems.

The members of the editorial board for this conference will be announced in due course.

Conference Abstracts
Extended Abstracts of papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be available for participants on the first day of the conference via the Elsevier Conference System.

Journal Special Issues
Papers presented at the Railways 2018 conference are eligible for submission to a special issue of the International Journal of Railway Technology after the conference. The details of the submission procedures will be given on this webpage early in 2018. The review process and submission process will start in June 2018 participants should start preparing their papers for publication as soon as their extended abstracts are accepted.

Conference Registration
Elsevier is responsible for all registrations and other financial matters. For registration fees and other related matters please see the Elsevier website.

Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is the Melia Sitges Hotel, Carrer de Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is 30 km from Barcelona Airport and just 25 minutes by taxi.

All presentations, lunches and coffees will be at this location.

Accommodation is available at Melia Sitges Hotel. Further details about hotel bookings will be available on the Elsevier site soon.

Please check with your travel agent or the Spanish Embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Spain. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time. If you require a letter of invitation, please submit your extended abstract soon.