Browse Publications Technical Papers 2009-01-2921

Vehicle's Dynamic Behavior Simulation as a Tool for Evaluating Geometrical Changes in Roads 2009-01-2921

The relationship between road geometric design and vehicles moving along it should be in a harmonic way in order to reduce the risk of accident occurrence. As a safety issue, the accident black spot analysis can lead to improvements in traffic signaling and/or to changes to the conflictive roadway section. This paper shows the applicability of the vehicle's dynamic behavior simulation as a complementary tool for evaluating geometrical modifications of roadway sections. A simplified example is described using a typical heavy vehicle, which follows a roadway section under two scenarios, one with an unchanged path and other with some modifications in order to increase safety. Results showed that vehicle's dynamic simulation can offer a detailed perspective of the vehicle's behavior to identify the effectiveness of the proposed changes before they are applied in the practice.


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