Environmental Sustainability in Transport Engineering


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Pengfei Liu

Head of Road Construction Technology (Simulation)


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Winter Semester

Course Language: English

The Course "Environmental Sustainability in Transport Engineering" is relevant for the following study courses:

More detailed information can be found in the respective Examination Regulations in the official announcements of RWTH Aachen University.

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Course Description

This course covers analytical methods for evaluating the environmental impacts of transportation systems. The first part of this course covers technical skills needed to prepare environmental impact studies for transportation projects and includes topics such as air pollution estimation, emissions of pollutants to the atmosphere, dispersion calculations of air pollutants, and other impacts of transportation systems. Planning concepts in the development of environmentally sustainable transportation systems are also examined. The second part focuses on understanding transportation noise generation. In this part, various noise emission models for road, rail, and air transportation are introduced. Students are introduced to different methods to calculate noise exposures. Modern computational tools are used in the course to develop noise and pollution maps for urban areas, taking into account the topology of the study area as well as weather conditions and other relevant influencing factors. The third part of the course introduces the energy demand of vehicles taking into account road texture and evenness.

Learning Objectives

  • Basic knowledge of emissions (pollutants, noise) from motorized road, rail and air vehicles
  • Basic knowledge of dispersion calculations of air pollutants and noise
  • Possibilities of exposure prevention
  • Calculations of environmental impact studies

Course Scope

  • Credit Points: 6
  • Lecture: 3 SWS
  • Seminar: 3 SWS


Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Oeser

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ueckermann

Research Assistant

Junior-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Pengfei Liu