Solved Practical Problems in Transportation Engineering
The book presents engineering concepts, techniques, practices, principles, standard procedures, and models that are applied and used to design and evaluate traffic systems, road pavement structures, alternatives of transportation systems, roadway horizontal and vertical alignments to ultimately achieve safety, sustainability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. The book provides plentiful number of problems on five major areas of transportation engineering and includes broad range of ideas and practical problems that are included in all topics of the book. Furthermore, the book covers problems dealing with theory, concepts, practice, and applications. The solution of each problem in the book follows a step-by-step procedure that includes the theory and the derivation of the formulas in some cases and the computations. Moreover, almost all problems in the five parts of the book include detailed calculations that are solved using the MS Excel worksheets where mathematical, trigonometric, statistical, and logical formulas are used to obtain a more rapid and efficient solution. In some cases, the MS Excel solver tool is used for solving complex equations in several problems of the book. Additionally, numerical methods, linear algebraic methods, and least squares regression techniques are utilized in some problems to assist in solving the problem and make the solution much easier. The book will help academics and professionals to find practical solutions across the spectrum of transportation engineering. The book is designed to be informative and filled with an abundance of solutions to problems in the engineering science of transportation. It is expected that the book will enrich the knowledge and science in transportation engineering, thereby elevating the civil engineering profession in general and the transportation engineering practice in particular as well as advancing the transportation engineering field to the best levels possible.
- Presents coverage of five major areas in transportation engineering: traffic engineering, pavement materials, analysis, and design, urban transportation planning, highway surveying, and geometric design of highways.
- Provides solutions to numerous practical problems in transportation engineering including terminology, theory, practice, computation, and design.
- Includes downloadable and user-friendly MS Excel spreadsheets as well as numerical methods and optimization tools and techniques.
- Includes several practical case studies throughout.
- Implements a unique kind of approach in presenting the different topics.
Part I Traffic Engineering: Terminology, Characteristics of Driver-Vehicle-Roadway, Traffic Flow Theory and Models, Highway Capacity and Level of Service, Intersection Design, Operation, and Control, Part II Pavement Materials, Analysis, and Design: Terminology, Concepts, and Theory, Important Properties of Subgrade, Subbase, and Base Materials, Superpave Aggregate Properties and Criteria, Superpave Asphalt Binder Properties and Specifications, Superpave Gyratory Compaction, Suprerpave Mixture Design Method, Volumetric Analysis of Asphalt Mixtures (Marshall and Superpave), Design and Analysis of Asphalt Pavements, Design and Analysis of Rigid Pavements Part III Urban Transportation Planning: Terminology, Travel Demand Forecasting, Part IV Highway Survey: Terminology, Errors, Leveling, Angle Measurement and Traverse, Areas, Earthwork Volumes, and Mass-Haul Diagram (MHD), Part V Geometric Design of Highways: Introduction and Standards, Highway Design Criteria, Design of Vertical Curves, Design of Horizontal Curves and Superelevation, Design of Other Facilities, References