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Chin. Phys. B, 2009, Vol. 18(6): 2200-2204    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/18/6/015
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Simulating train movement in railway traffic using a car-following model

Li Ke-Ping(李克平) and Guan Li-Jia(管立加)
State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
Abstract  Based on a car-following model, in this paper, we propose a new traffic model for simulating train movement in railway traffic. In the proposed model, some realistic characteristics of train movement are considered, such as the distance headway and the safety stopping distance. Using the proposed traffic model, we analyse the space-time diagram of traffic flow, the trajectory of train movement, etc. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed model can be successfully used for simulating the train movement. Some complex phenomena can be reproduced, such as the complex acceleration and deceleration of trains and the propagation of train delay.
Keywords:  train movement      railway traffic      car-following model  
Received:  27 October 2008      Revised:  27 November 2008      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  45.70.Vn (Granular models of complex systems; traffic flow)  
  07.05.Dz (Control systems)  
  07.05.Tp (Computer modeling and simulation)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos 60634010 and 60776829), the New Century Excellent Talents in University, China (Grant No NCET-06-0074), and the Key Project of Ministry of Education, China (Grant No 107007).

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Li Ke-Ping(李克平) and Guan Li-Jia(管立加) Simulating train movement in railway traffic using a car-following model 2009 Chin. Phys. B 18 2200

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