Evaluation and Simulation of New Roundabouts Traffic Parameters by Aimsun Software


Department of Transportation Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.


New roundabouts are innovation and revolutionary in roundabout design, with the risk of incidents in these roundabouts far less than traditional common roundabouts. These types of roundabouts control the traffic flow at the entrance and exit of the roundabout, with the guidance of drivers to isolated lines before entering the roundabout and guidance to the spiral lines inside the roundabout as channelized. Another advantage of these roundabouts is the much more balanced division of traffic flows than traditional ones. In Iran, in view of the many problems of capacity, flow and safety of intersections and intersections, this type of roundabout can be very useful in certain conditions. In this research, how these roundabouts are compared and also the comparison of different input capacities based on the origin - destination demand matrix for new roundabouts and common roundabouts of two lanes with the help of Aimsun traffic simulation software have been investigated. For this purpose, the values of traffic indicators of delay time, density, flow, stop time and travel time of computer simulations for new roundabouts and common roundabouts have been investigated and compared. According to the demand matrix of the origin-destination models loaded in the software and comparisons done, the optimal model for the highest capacity and the lowest delay time and travel time is presented. In this simulation, 8 to 16 percent increase in traffic flow and a decrease of 34 to 59 percent for travel time and delay time in the new roundabouts is shown in comparison with the common two-lane roundabouts.