A Critical Analysis of Multi-Regime Fundamental Equations

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Emmanuel Akweittey
Gabriel O. Fosu


Aims/ Objectives: Multi-regime fundamental models use two or more equations to describe the association among the main maroscopic traffic variables encountered in traffic analysis. The paper investigates specific properties of some multi-phase speed-density equations. 

Methodology: It first compares the characteristics of each of these equations by solving the nonlinear continuity traffic equation. 

Results: It was observed that predicting vehicular trajectories with these model equations could lead to misinformation. The kinematic wave and stable shockwave properties of these models were also ascertained. 

Conclusion: Based on the results, it was concluded that it would be more cumbersome to explain nonlinear traffic characteristics when these two and three regime models are adopted.

Speed-density equation, characteristic curves, multi-regime models, continuity equation.

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Akweittey, E., & Fosu, G. O. (2019). A Critical Analysis of Multi-Regime Fundamental Equations. Journal of Engineering Research and Reports, 6(4), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.9734/jerr/2019/v6i416955
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