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Valid for year : 2013
TNK095 Traffic Planning and Simulation, 6 ECTS credits.
/Planering och simulering av trafik/

For:   KTS  


Prel. scheduled hours:
Rec. self-study hours: 160

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Transportation Systems Engineering

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

The purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge in planning and simulation of traffic systems. The course provides an overview of problems, settings and applications in the area of traffic planning, and gives insights in how traffic models may be used for analysis of traffic systems with the aim of making the system more efficient, safer and more environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the course will help the student to gain insights in the underlying theories on which the models are based.
After the course, the student shall have be able to:
  • Describe the basics for traffic planning, traffic simulation and modelling of traffic systems
  • Analyze traffic data and basic traffic flow relationships
  • Describe and analyze route choice models and assignment methods for network assignment
  • Describe the traffic simulation concepts for car following, lane changing and overtakings
  • Analyze input and output data for a simulation model
  • Perform basic calibration and validations of a traffic simulation model
  • Perform experiments with microsimulation-based traffic simulation tools

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Traffic infrastructure, Discrete simulation, Optimization or similar

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Supplementary courses:
Traffic demand modelling, Traffic engineering and management

The course consists of lectures, seminars and labs

Course contents:
  • Introduction to traffic planning and traffic simulation
  • Classification of traffic models
  • Collection of traffic data and analysis of traffic flow relations
  • Route choice model and assignment principles for network assignment
  • Algorithms for equilibrium models
  • Experiments with network assignment models
  • Traffic simulation concepts for car following, lane changing and overtakings
  • Analyze input and output data for a simulation model
  • Introduce the concepts of calibration and validation of traffic simulation models
  • Experiments with microsimulation-based traffic simulation tools

Course literature:
Webpage with handouts

Hand-in assignments, part 1
Hand-in assignments, part 2

Course language is English.
Department offering the course: ITN.
Director of Studies: Fredrik Persson
Examiner: Jan Lundgren

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