Sensitivity analysis of permeability parameters for flows on Barcelona networks

Luigi Rarità, Ciro D'Apice, Benedetto Piccoli, Dirk Helbing

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We consider the problem of optimizing vehicular traffic flows on an urban network of Barcelona type, i.e. square network with streets of not equal length. In particular, we describe the effects of variation of permeability parameters, that indicate the amount of flow allowed to enter a junction from incoming roads.On each road, a model suggested by Helbing et al. (2007) [11] is considered: free and congested regimes are distinguished, characterized by an arrival flow and a departure flow, the latter depending on a permeability parameter. Moreover we provide a rigorous derivation of the model from fluid dynamic ones, using recent results of Bretti et al. (2006) [3]. For solving the dynamics at nodes of the network, a Riemann solver maximizing the through flux is used, see Coclite et al. (2005) [4] and Helbing et al. (2007) [11].The network dynamics gives rise to complicate equations, where the evolution of fluxes at a single node may involve time-delayed terms from all other nodes. Thus we propose an alternative hybrid approach, introducing additional logic variables. Finally we compute the effects of variations on permeability parameters over the hybrid dynamics and test the obtained results via simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3110-3131
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Differential Equations
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 15 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics


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