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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Can Traffic Flow can be modelled in the same manner as a Streamline flow of Hydrodynamics

Can we model traffic flow with a streamline hydrodynamic model. The volume of traffic is equivalent to mass of fluid, velocity being the same, width of the road representing the conduit area, and traffic density as pressure? Has anybody really tried this?????

1 comment:

  1. In the queuing theory, we use the real-life traffic flow as an analogy. We have metering at the onramps - shaping (in queuing terms) the incoming traffic and hence causing less turbulence (fluid mechanics term).

    I have often thought traffic flow has fluid flow, though not always streamlined. When some bozo driving on the fast lane slams the brake - it causes turbulence in the flow and congestion.