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CIE4821-09: Traffic Flow Theory and Simulation
Responsible Instructor: S.P. Hoogendoorn
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x: 0/0/6/0 + 0/0/4/0
Education Period: 3
Start Education: 3
Exam Period: 3, 4
Course Language: English
Course Contents: Part 1 of the lectures discusses fundamental traffic flow characteristic, introducing traffic flow variables speed, density, and volume. Their definitions are presented, and visualization/analysis techniques are discussed and emperical facts are presented.
Part 2 pertains to the emperical relation between the flow variables.
Part 3 discusses bottleneck capacity analysis.
Part 4 presents shockware analysis, which is one of the techniques available to analyze oversaturated traffic systems.
Part 5 presents a review of macroscopic traffic flow models and their principal properties, as well as innovative macroscopic traffic flow models developed at Delft University of Technology. It shows how macroscopic models are derived from microscopic principles. Furthermore, traffic flow stability issues are discussed as well as numerical solution approaches.
Part 6 handles microscopic traffic flow characteristics, such as headways, speeds, etc.
Part 7 provides an overview of human factors relevant for the behaviour of drivers. This part discusses the different levels of the driving task execution, responses times, etc.
Part 8 discusses car-following models and other approaches describing the lateral driving task.
Part 9 pertains to general gap-acceptance modelling and lane-changing.
Part 10 presents an in-depth discussion of microscopic simulation models. Different approaches to microscopic model derivation are discussed as well.
Part 11 discussed microscopic models for pedestrian flow behaviour.
Study Goals: 1. Gain insight into theory / modelling of traffic flow operations (generic);
2. Learn to apply theory and mathematical models to solve practical problems;
3. Gain experience with using simulation programmes for ex-ante assessment studies.
Education Method: Lectures, computer assignments
Literature and Study Materials: Lecture notes available via blackboard
Old examinations
Recommended lecturenote(s)/textbook(s):
May, A. (1990) Traffic Flow Fundamentals Prentice-Hall
Assessment: Written examen, open questions and practical (groups of 3 students)
Remarks: Written exam >5 and practical >5
Judgement: Calculation: 2/3 written exam and 1/3 practical
Last modified: 6 November 2013, 15:24 UTC
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