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Transport Technology and Logistics

Basics of Traffic Flow Theory


  1. Vehicle in traffic (braking, headway, overtaking, lane changing)
  2. Homogeneous traffic flow (density and volume, relation of density and volume, optimum speed)
  3. Traffic flow properties (point and area measurement, empirical models)
  4. Vehicle following theory (basic models, stability)
  5. Continuous traffic flow models (fundamental equation, congestion)

Goals and competencies

Students should be introduced to fundamental laws and common mathematical models of traffic flow and their applications in the areas of traffic management and planning.

Basic literature

  1. D.C.Gazis. Traffic Theory. Kluwer AP, 2002
  2. W.Leutzbah. Introduction to the Theory of Traffic Flow, Springer Verlag, 1986
  3. A.D.May. Traffic Flow Fundamentals.Prentice Hall, 1990
  4. Traffic Flow Theory,