VI. RESEARCH WORK DONE IN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS RELATED TO THESIS WORK

D. TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION
18. Simulation of Head - On Queues: Case of Rail-Highway Grade Crossing
Date of Start

June 2005
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (R, I)

 

Scope and Objectives

Vehicular movement at rail-highway grade crossing is studied in this work. When the barrier is closed, the head-on queues are formed. And when the barrier is released, the vehicles start taking necessary actions so that collision is avoided. The scope of the present study is to model this behaviour.

 
Methodology
A cellular automata model which represents the movements of different types of vehicles is proposed. A field study in Kanpur City is done at selected rail-road intersections, to validate the model results.
 
Findings and Conclusions
The proposed model gives a good estimate of the delays in different types of vehicles. The stream of traffic slows down to a maximum extent with the presence of rickshaws. The provision of divider reduced the congestion and even avoided the formation of gridlocks at high flow values. A staggered opening of gates proved to be beneficial in reducing the congestion caused due to cars.