Computational Foundation in Transportation and Transportation Systems Modeling

  • Dietmar P. F. Möller
Part of the Simulation Foundations, Methods and Applications book series (SFMA)


This chapter begins with a brief overview of transportation systems. Section 1.1 covers the classification of models used for multimodal transportation systems. Section 1.2 introduces transportation and transportation systems for the movement of passengers or freight. Thereafter, Sect. 1.3 introduces model building in transportation by describing the main types of models and their representation through mathematical notation. Section 1.4 covers the important topic of modeling formalism in transportation systems to analyze their behavior and/or composite structure. Simulation models in the transportation sector are approximate imitations of the real-world phenomena which never exactly imitate the real-world phenomena. Therefore, models have to be verified and validated to the degree required for the models’ intended purpose or application which is introduced in Sect. 1.5. Section 1.6 describes a transportation case study for planning a Seagate harbor expansion by a dry port. Section 1.7 contains comprehensive questions from the transportation system area, and a final section includes references and suggestions for further reading.


Transportation System Interarrival Time Container Terminal Bond Graph Interstate Highway 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietmar P. F. Möller
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  1. 1.Clausthal University of TechnologyClausthal-ZellerfeldGermany

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