Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 8(5), pp. 1006 - 1018
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2020.080527
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Development of Freeway Weaving Areas Microsimulation Model (FWASIM)

Mahdi Alkubaisi *
Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Jordan


Comprehensive analysis of traffic behavior requires continuous studies to develop traffic theories explaining that behavior at the microscopic level. The study aims to develop a microsimulation program to evaluate the freeway weaving performance depending on the observed data. FWASIM represents a microscopic analysis of the freeway traffic features. It scans events periodically. The developed FWASIM involves the formulation of driver and vehicle behavior at freeway link, on-ramp, off-ramp, and combine them to produce a flexible, friendly use simulation model. Its concept is mainly depending on the car following and lane change theories. Analytical model validation was conducted based on a comparison of FWASIM output with the VISSIM output. Tests consider the important factors that may affect the traffic behavior for a given segment configuration. The obtained results show agreement between FWASIM and VISSIM outputs. Besides, the field data were used to validate FWASIM. Graphical and t-test methods were used to examine the results. The results are statistically significant which implies that the model provides reasonably accurate measures of effectiveness for the validated range of input data.

Weaving Area, FWASIM, Lane Change, Car Following, Validation

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[1] Mahdi Alkubaisi , "Development of Freeway Weaving Areas Microsimulation Model (FWASIM)," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 1006 - 1018, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2020.080527.

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Mahdi Alkubaisi (2020). Development of Freeway Weaving Areas Microsimulation Model (FWASIM). Civil Engineering and Architecture, 8(5), 1006 - 1018. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2020.080527.