Master thesis | RSE

If you are interested in a master thesis at VIA and you are enrolled in the specialization Railway Systems Engineering (RSE), please contact Mr. Felix Lampe (lampe@via.rwth-aachen.de) with three topic preferences from the list and attach your transcript of records.
The requests are collected until 11.09.2022. Subsequently, the topics will be distributed. If a request is submitted after this date, it will not be given the same priority as requests submitted by the deadline. Depending on demand, it cannot be guaranteed that a topic can be assigned.

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1 Python Framework for Railway Capacity Analysis Give an overview over existing methods for Railway Capacity Calculation - Implementation of some methods in Python - Apply those methods to an example infrastructure - Analyze and compare the obtained results.
2 Comparison and analysis of planning parameters for railway lines The planning parameter for railway lines of different countries shall be described and compared as well as incomparabilities shall be carved out. Furthermore, options to unify these parameter where it is reasonable shall developed.
3 Train protection systems in European countries The train control systems of other european countries than Germany are to be compared with the German train control systems. At least one train control system is to be analysed in detail, whereby the relevant specialist literature in the respective national language is to be evaluated. In addition to the safety functions, the influences on the capacity are to be considered
4 Hydrogen as transitory technology for decarbonization of trains Implementations of hydrogen powered trains - Alternative power methods - Benefits and disadvantages of hydrogen powered trains - Quantitative analysis of hydrogen powered trains in an sample network - Comparison to alternatives
5 Analysis of the new Indian train protection System Kavash in comparison to ETCS in terms of performance, capacity, life-cycle cost, safety and reliability The new Indian train protection system kavash was introduced just at the beginning of this year - It should be a lot cheaper than ETCS. But it that really the case? - Is it up to the same level of safety and reliability as ETCS? - How are it´s affects on the performance and capacity? - What are the benefits and drawbacks to both systems?
6 Analysing Rail Infrastructure Charging Systems in Europe Firstly, the evolution of systems to charge for infrastructure access is to be described and reasons for their development should be explained. The influencing factors for current pricing systems should be explained and compared in detail. Since charges for the minimum access package must be set at the cost that directly incurred as a result of operating the train service, it is to be shown, what influence business parameters such as investments have on the train path price.
7 Connected Driver Advisory Systems Overview of (Connected) Driver Advisory Systems, their application in real operation and potential for energy-saving; recommendations for a broad introduction of Connected Driver Advisory Systems in Germany
8 Comparison of the reconstruction strategies of different railway infrastructure companies International comparison of the reconstruction strategies of different railway infrastructure companies - Differentiation according to network areas with high and low capacity utilisation - Investigation of the effects of the respective strategies on capacity management - Recommendations for construction site management in different infrastructure areas
9 Current deficits and future potential of cross-border rail passenger transport services in Europe Research and specific evaluation of transport statistics on an European scale (for example Statistical pocket book of the EU) - Differentiation of market segments in transnational railway services (for example high-speed, conventional trains, night trains etc.) - Quantitative and qualitative analysis of transnational railway infrastructure and its usage for passenger services - Elaboration and visualisation of infrastructural bottlenecks within the European passenger railroad network - Analysis of possible solutions for the improvement of the situation
10 Automation of the Optimal Placement of ETCS Infill Balises In ETCS Level 1, infill balises are used to update a train's Movement Authority. Due to economical and technical restrictions, only a certain number of infill balises are viable and possible in front of each main signal. The exact number and placement of these infill balises are subject to investigations regarding the expected trains and their characteristics. Mostly, an Excel-based tool is used to calculate the braking curves, followed by manual word. As a result of this thesis, an algorithm for the optimal placement of infill balises shall be developed and implemented into a prototypical software (Pyhthon, MatLAB, C++,...). This must be based on certain infrastructure characterisitics as well as the train schedule.
11 Demand-Responsive Rail Transport: Opportunities, Challenges and Financing SWOT and potential analysis for Demand-Responsive Rail Transport (DRRT) – Finding of key parameters for feasibility of usage of DRRT – Financing and cost analysis – Example Calculations for existing railway lines