Modelling and simulation of rail passengers to evaluate methods to reduce dwell times

Perkins, Adam, Ryan, Brendan and Siebers, Peer-Olaf (2015) Modelling and simulation of rail passengers to evaluate methods to reduce dwell times. In: 14th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation, MAS 2015, 21-23 September 2015, Bergeggi, Italy.

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The paper outlines a feasibility study using modelling and simulation to reduce dwell times and increase rail network capacity. We use agent based modelling, where passengers are treated as a separate entities, basing their movements on rules from the Social Force Model (SFM), proposed by Helbing to model pedestrian dynamics. Implementing this SFM, together with a novel decision making system for passengers' door choices, a mesoscopic model is produced of the platform, train and passengers. An outline of the modelling process is presented, along with a critical analysis of the final model. Analyses are conducted to evaluate novel concepts in train and platform design, to reduce loading times, using passengers with a range of attributes. In a simulation experiment, four concepts (wider doors, designated boarding/alighting doors, and an active passenger information system) are assessed, with the latter two giving reductions in loading times of 7.0% and 7.3%.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: Proceedings of the International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation 2015 / Agostino G. Bruzzone ... [et al.], eds. Rende, Italy : CAL-TEK, c2015, p. 132-141. ISBN 9781510813861.
Keywords: agent-based modelling, simulation, rail passengers, dwell time reduction
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
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Depositing User: Siebers, Peer-olaf
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 08:27
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:16

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