72791 - Traffic Engineering M

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Climate Action

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

To acquire principle and methodologies to analyze, simulate and control flows in transport systems. In particular, interrupted and uninterrupted road facilities are considered, with special regard to traffic flow models and level of service estimation and optimization. Moreover, rail and air transport systems are examined, considering their fundamental principles and characteristics.

Course contents

Overview of basic definitions and main concepts;
Road traffic flow analysis:
- Level of Service concepts and evaluation
- HCM 2000 standards and methodologies
Uninterrupted flow facilities:
- models, variables and main relationships;
- traffic flow curves;
- capacity analysis for freeways and highways facilities
Queuing theory: main concepts and application to traffic engineering

Mid-term exams

Interrupted flow facilities:
- unsignalazied intersections LOS and delay;
- signalized intersections LOS and delay;
- roundabouts
Air traffic control and airport capacity: ATM, ATC, runway capacity and air-side capacity concepts;
Rail traffic control: main concepts, technologies and safety, railway capacity: lines and stations


- Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) 2010, Transportation Research Board;
- R. Roess, E. S. Prassas, W.R. Mc Shane "Traffic Engineering", Pearson (third edition);

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, problem sets and assignments, seminars.

Assessment methods

Mid-term written exams on the first part of the course and a final colloquium on the second part of the program.

Teaching tools

Slides and lecture notes on https://iol.unibo.it/. Suggested readings for further knowledge improvements.

Office hours

See the website of Luca Mantecchini