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Theory of Traffic Flow

Major – Technology of Transport Facilities

Qualification (degree) – Master

Course modules (units, topics):

The course consists of the following units and topics:

1. Introduction. Organisation of traffic flow in the system.

Topics: Definition of transport and transport-technological systems, their classification and development factors. Classification and structure of transport flows. Arterial and industrial traffic flows. Definition of transport flow rate and its adaptation to changes in cargo and passenger flow rate.  Modern methods of transport flow formalization. Points of formation, processing and termination of transport flows.

2. Study of transport flow patterns.

Topics: Choosing optimum methods of operational redistribution of traffic performance and capacities among different links of transport systems. Calculation of statistical parameters of traffic flow. Methods of impact on traffic flow. Improvement of traffic flow characteristics.

3. Application of logistical principles of traffic flow control.

Topics: Definitions of modern logistics. Systems approach in logistics. Parameters of logistical flows, methods and practices of their evaluation and forecasting. Modern technologies of logistical flow parameter control. Problems of implementation of logistical flow control methods. Evaluation of logistical costs and transport logistics efficiency.

4. Improvement of flows in the transport system.

Topics: Flow improvement methods. Flow channeling. Costing of flow processing. Removal of flow barriers. Applications of the theory of traffic flow. Traffic routing. Development of urban transport systems.


  1. Teacher-led group activities in a classroom;
  2. Extracurricular self-study of the teacher’s assignments and tasks, including the use of educational facilities (obligatory);
  3. Tutorials.

Total – 108 hours

Total credit points – 3

Lectures – 18

Practicals – 18/4И

Midterm assessment – examination

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