Traffic Flow Theory

CE611 - Traffic Flow Theory

Course Learning Outcome: This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth theoretical understanding of traffic control, traffic flow analysis using applied mathematics, and level-of-service evaluation of highways. It also incorporates the concepts of intelligent transportation systems

Session: Offered in Odd Semesters (July 2022 - Dec' 2022) (July 2023 - Dec' 2023)  (July 2024 - Dec' 2024

Broad Syllabus (Lecture Plans Updated Every Year)

Unit I: Introduction to Traffic Flow

Component of Traffic Flow System, Traffic variables and parameters, Driver behavior, Simulation, Controlled – Access Concept, Freeway Concept, System performances, Measure of effectiveness. (10 Lectures)

UNIT II: Flow Through Transportation Networks

Flow through transportation networks - various types of graphs, determination of link and chain flows, finding maximum flow values of capacitated networks. Capacity of a roadway, Bottlenecks.         

(10 Lectures)

UNIT III: Traffic Flow Theory                      

Approaches to traffic flow theory, Traffic flow relationships – flow at different densities, Shock wave phenomenon, time – space diagram. Mathematical modeling, Probabilistic and Stochastic models of traffic flow process, Headway modeling, Gaps and process of gap acceptance, Macroscopic models, Car – following model, Queuing models, fundamentals & developments of queuing process, Applications. 

(10 Lectures)

UNIT IV: Level of Service and Capacity Analysis

Indices of Level of Service (LOS) as offered to road users, Freeway capacity, Multilane capacity, Signalized Intersection capacity. 

Course Materials: (Will be updated every year) 

Textbooks and Other Reference Materials:

Continuous Evaluations (Minimum of 3 Quizzes, Assignment, Mid-Term, and End-Term)



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