This textbook provides a comprehensive and instructive coverage of vehicular traffic flow dynamics and modeling. It makes this fascinating interdisciplinary topic, which to date was only documented in parts by specialized monographs, accessible to a broad readership. Numerous figures and problems with solutions help the reader to quickly understand and practice the presented concepts. This book is targeted at students of physics and traffic engineering and, more generally, also at students and professionals in computer science, mathematics, and interdisciplinary topics. It also offers material for project work in programming and simulation at college and university level.
The main part, after presenting different categories of traffic data, is devoted to a mathematical description of the dynamics of traffic flow, covering macroscopic models which describe traffic in terms of density, as well as microscopic many-particle models in which each particle corresponds to a vehicle and its driver. Focus chapters on traffic instabilities and model calibration/validation present these topics in a novel and systematic way. Finally, the theoretical framework is shown at work in selected applications such as traffic-state and travel-time estimation, intelligent transportation systems, traffic operations management, and a detailed physics-based model for fuel consumption and emissions.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 506
Weight: 8985 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 33 mm
Edition: 2013 ed.
"The contents of the book are exactly as its title suggests, written by authors currently working at the forefront of traffic flow dynamics research and development. ... I recommend Traffic Flow Dynamics: Data, Models and Simulation as a very thorough textbook and reference for those in the transportation sciences field. I especially appreciate the long lists of references and recommended readings as well as the companion, open-source, traffic simulation software, videos and examples." (Jon W. Mooney, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 65 (2), March-April, 2017)
"Traffic Flow Dynamics is divided into three parts. The first part is devoted to discussing highway traffic data. ... In the second part of the book, the authors describe almost all the important achievements in the field ... . The final part of the book applies traffic-flow theory to solving traffic jams ... . it will be a useful guide for students who want to make the jump into a fascinating area of research." (Katsuhiro Nishinari, Physics Today, March, 2014)