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Introduction to Network Traffic Flow Theory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128158401

Introduction to Network Traffic Flow Theory

1st Edition

Modeling, Analysis, Simulation, and Empirics

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Authors: Wenlong Jin
Paperback ISBN: 9780128158401
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st July 2021
Page Count: 304
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Introduction to Network Traffic Flow Theory: Modeling, Analysis, Simulation, and Empirics provides a comprehensive introduction to modern theories for modeling, mathematical analysis and traffic simulations in road networks. The book breaks ground, addressing traffic flow theory in a network setting and providing researchers and transportation professionals with a better understanding of how network traffic flows behave, how congestion builds and dissipates, and how to develop strategies to alleviate network traffic congestion. The book also shows how network traffic flow theory is key to understanding traffic estimation, control, management and planning.

Users wills find this to be a great resource on both theory and applications across a wide swath of subjects, including road networks and reduced traffic congestion.

Key Features

  • Covers the most theoretically and practically relevant network traffic flow theories
  • Provides a systematic introduction to traditional and recently developed models, including cell transmission, link transmission, link queue, point queue, macroscopic and microscopic models, junction models and network stationary states
  • Applies modern network traffic flow theory to real-world applications in modeling, analysis, estimation, control, management and planning


Academic researchers and graduate students in transportation modeling, planning and systems. Transportation practitioners involved in planning, feasibility studies, consultation and policy for transportation systems or infrastructure. Transportation public officials such as city managers, policy directors

Table of Contents

Part I. Basics
1. Introduction
2. Representations, variables, and observations
3. Fundamental diagrams

Part II. Link Models
4. The Lighthill-Whitham-Richards model
5. The Cell Transmission Model
6. The Link Transmission Model
7. Queueing models

Part III. Network Models
8. Junction models
9. Network kinematic wave theory
10. Network stationary states and stability
11. Capacity drop models

Part IV. Microscopic models
12. Equivalence between continuum and car-following models
13. Second-order formulation of the LWR model
14. Bounded acceleration models
15. Multilane car-following models
16. Second-order capacity drop model
17. Appendix


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About the Author

Wenlong Jin

Wenlong Jin is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Transportation Studies, at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on the study of drivers' individual choice behaviours (trajectories) and collective queueing processes (cumulative flows). His research interests include modeling and analysing dynamic and stationary traffic patterns at bottlenecks in road networks, using junction models, cell transmission models, link transmission models, capacity drop models, and network stationary models. He has published more than 40 journal articles, including in Elsevier’s Transportation Research Part B: Methodological (for which he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board), and Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.

Affiliations and Expertise

The Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Irvine, California, USA

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