ICAR/05 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Edificio 3 - Polifunzionale - Piano 4 - Stanza 15 - via Santa Sofia 64, Catania
Phone: 0957382220
Office Hours: martedì 16-18, giovedì 16-18

Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with the typical problems of Transport Engineering by a systemic approach.

Course Structure

Teaching takes place through a series of lectures, classroom exercises and in-depth seminars. A guided visit of the Catania underground works will be carried out, based on the availability of the company responsible for the works.

Detailed Course Content

1 TRANSPORT ENGINEERING 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Transport Planning Process 1.2.1 Planning for mobility and planning for accessibility 1.2.2 Sustainable mobility 1.3 Paradoxes in Transport 1.3.1 Braess’ paradox1.3.2 Down-Thomson’s paradox 1.3.3 The dogma of speed 2 TRANSPORT MODES 2.1 Sea Transport, Road transport, Rail Transport, Air Transport. 2.2 Intermodality. 2.3 Walking and cycling. 3 TRANSPORT DEMAND. 3.1 Zoning. 3.2 O-D Matrix. 3.3 Demand analysis by survey and by modelling. 3.4 Discrete choice modles. 3.5 Four step demand model. 3.6 Exercises on transport demand models 4 TRANSPORT SUPPLY. 4.1 Basic s of graph theory. 4.2 Public and private transport networks. 4.3 Cost functions. 4.4 Dijkstra’s algorithm. 5 TRAFFIC FLOW THEORY. 5.1 Road capacity. 5.2 Greenshields’ model. 5.3 Road level of service. 6 INTERACTION OF DEMAND AND SUPPLY. 6.1 Assignment models. 6.2 Path flow calculation. 6.3 Network loading network and user equilibrium network. 7 NETWORK EQUILIBRIUM. 7.1 User Equilibrium: examples and graphic solving. 7.2 Wardrop’s principles. 7.3 Beckmann’s algorithm. 7.4 User Optimized and System Optimized networks. 7.5 Optimal fare. 7.6 Assignment’s algorithms 8 MECHANICS OF LOCOMOTION. 8.1 Grip. 8.2 Resistance to motion. 8.3 Internal combustion engines and electric engines. 8.4 Road and rail mechanical performance 8.5 Engine elasticity. 8.6 Fuel consumption. 8.7 Exercises on mechanics of locomotion. 9 TRANSIT SYSTEMS 9.1 Classification of transit systems 9.2 design criteria of transit systems 10 SEMINARS 10.1 Simulation of transport networks. 10.2 Simulation of complex systems

Textbook Information

  1. Lecture notes available at
  2. Marino de Luca, Manuale di Pianificazione dei trasporti, Franco Angeli
  3. Vukan Vuchic, Urban Transit Systema and Technology, Wiley
  4. Juan Ortuzar e Luis Willumsen, Pianificazione dei sistemi di trasporto, Hoepli
  5. Stefano Ricci, Tecnica ed Economia dei Trasporti, Hoepli

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