ENGRCEE 226A Traffic Flow Theory I (2015-2016)

ENGRCEE 226A Traffic Flow Theory I

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 226A Traffic Flow Theory I (Credit Units: 4) Traffic measurement and fundamental speed-density-flow relationships. Kinematic models. Shock waves. Statistical-kinetic theory of traffic. Introductory car-following principles and stability. Gap acceptance. Platoon dispersion. Two-fluid model. Queueing process. Mulit-regime and catastrophe models. Higher-order continuum models. Microscopic and macroscopic simulation. Grad students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0080427850.

  • Daganzo, C.F. Fundamentals of Transportation and Traffic Operations, Pergamon, 1997.
  • Traffic flow theory: A state-of-the-art report, http://www.tfhrc.gov/its/tft/tft.htm
Wenlong Jin
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Knowledge of basic probability and statistics

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction: ITS, transportation network;
  • Microscopic traffic parameters; Macroscopic traffic parameters; Observations
  • Car-following models and simulations
  • Fundamental diagram, shock waves, rarefaction waves
  • LWR model, review of PDE; Riemann problem, numerical methods
  • Network models; network simulator
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:
  • Use of spreadsheet software; Matlab; C/C++
  • Use of online collaboration applications
Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Project(s): 20%
  • Final: 30%
  • Research Paper: 20%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
May 7, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr