ENGRCEE 124 Transportation Systems IV: Freeway Operations and Control (2015-2016)

ENGRCEE 124 Transportation Systems IV: Freeway Operations and Control

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 124 Transportation Systems IV: Freeway Operations and Control (Credit Units: 4) Fundamentals of traffic on urban freeways, including data collection, analysis, and design. Traffic engineering studies, traffic flow theory, freeway traffic control devices, capacity and level of service analysis of freeways and highways. Laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: CEE121. Civil Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0136135739.

Recommended Textbook:
None
References:

Instructor’s Notes; Powerpoint slides of each lecture

Orcutt Jr., F. L., The Traffic Signal Handbook, Prentice Hall, 1993.

Stefani, R. T., Savant Jr., C.J. Shahian, B., Hostetter, G. H., Design of Feedback Control Systems, 3rd Edition, Sanders College Publishing, 1994.

May, A. D. Traffic Flow Fundamentals, Prentice Hall, 1990.

Coordinator:
Stephen G. Ritchie
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Design urban intersections.

2. Perform capacity analysis of urban intersections.

3. Design signal control policies for individual intersections.

4. Design signal control policies for systems of intersections.

5. Design control policies for systems of freeways and surface streets.

Prerequisites by Topic

Basic transportation analysis, network characteristics, vehicle movement equations and highway elements. Basic concepts of traffic flow, traffic engineering, traffic measurement, and principles of travel time and delay.

Lecture Topics:
  • Basic Signal Control Concepts (1 week)
  • Fundamentals of Signal timing and Delay (2 weeks)
  • Intersection Design and Layout (1 week)
  • Capacity Analysis of Signalized Intersections (1 week)
  • Actuated Signal Control and Loop Detectors (1 week)
  • Signal Control of Isolated Intersections (2 weeks)
  • Signal Control of Coordinated Intersection Timing (2 weeks)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

AutoCad and extensive use of such extisting traffic simulation and analysis software as Synchro, SimTraffic, and Highway Capacity Software (HCS).

Laboratory Projects:
  • Traffic control design for selected urban networks using computer simulation and signal and freeway performance analysis. Lab reports.
  • Intersection Design: Students design an intersection layout, lane geometry, and channelization under particular traffic volume considerations. (Lab 1)
  • Capacity and Level-of-service (LOS) Analysis of an Isolated Intersection: Students use the HCS to determine LOS under particular traffic volume considerations. (Lab 2)
  • Design of Actuated Intersection Signals: Students are given vehicle arrival patterns at an isolated intersection, and asked to design a control strategy that minimizes total delay at the intersection. (Lab 3)
  • Intersection Design for Actuated Control: Students design an intersection layout, lane geometry, channelization, and detector placement for a particular actuated signal timing plan. (Lab 4)
  • Design of coordinated network signal control scheme: Students are given vehicle arrival patterns at intersections along a corridor, and asked to design a control strategy that maximizes the through green band. (Lab 5)
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Design experience and Engineering topics courses for the Civil Engineering Major.

Design Content Description
Approach:

The approach taken is to follow every engineering principle discussed or derived in class with concrete examples of how that principle is applied in the design of signal control systems for traffic management.

Lectures: 25%
Laboratory Portion: 75%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • In-lab Exercises: 10%
  • Lab Projects: 25%
  • Midterm: 25%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

Prepared:
August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr