Modelling heterogeneous traffic flow on upgrades of intercity roads

    Venkatachalam T. Arasan Affiliation
    ; Shriniwas S. Arkatkar Affiliation


The effect of an upgrade and its length is very significant for traffic flow characteristics. Road traffic in developing countries like India is highly heterogeneous comprising vehicles of wide ranging physical dimensions, weight and dynamic characteristics such as engine power, acceleration rate, etc. Due to these variations, the effect of grade on vehicles in heterogeneous traffic may vary significantly among vehicle categories. Variation in the level of the interaction between vehicles on upgrades may result in different sets of traffic flow characteristics. Hence, it is necessary to model traffic flow on upgrades and study, in depth, changes in traffic flow characteristics with alteration in the magnitude of an upgrade and its length. Computer simulation has emerged as an effective technique for modelling traffic flow due to its capability to account for randomness related to traffic. This study is concerned with applying a simulation model of heterogeneous traffic flow, named HETEROSIM, to study the traffic flow characteristics and performance of different vehicle types on upgrades of different magnitudes.

First published online: 24 Jun 2011

Keyword : upgrade, power‐to‐weight ratio, acceleration rates, heterogeneous traffic, simulation, speed‐volume relationships, speed‐distance profiles

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Arasan, V. T., & Arkatkar, S. S. (2010). Modelling heterogeneous traffic flow on upgrades of intercity roads. Transport, 25(2), 129-137.
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