Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Transport systems
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Aerospace Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Biomedical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Mondovi'
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Dalla Chiara Bruno ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/05 50 10 0 0 3
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/05 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The course aims to teach students the theoretical bases, techniques, methodologies and the main features of transport systems, from the traditional to the most innovative ones.
Methods for organising and managing transport services, besides the numerical applications related to the operation of transport systems, including some economic aspects.
Expected learning outcomes
Once a student has successfully completed the course, he is expected to have acquired the main competences - theoretical and practical - concerning the various transport modes, both for passengers and freight. He may acquire the basic knowledge related to the road traffic and to the transport systems and installations operating on a fixed guide-way; he may acquire, too, the capability to manage and choose transport systems and services, with some defined daily or hourly capacity and given performances, respecting the existing technical norms or standards. Multimodal, intermodal and air transport systems are included in the course, together with those installations which have the most innovative features, with an high automation.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of the basic elements of Physics, Mechanics, and Electro-techniques
1. General outline of the transport field: energy issues and sustainability of modern transport systems, with a particular reference to road, metro, rail, intermodal systems, and to the new solutions for vehicular traffic, public and private. Classification of transport systems, both with unconstrained guidance and operating on a fixed guide-ways; evolution of transport systems, mobility and freight transport; public and private transport.
2. Surface transport systems: notes on mechanical traction, operation diagram, drive resistance for a vehicle; practical applications.
3. Road transport and related technologies
A. Hints on road facilities in uninterrupted and interrupted traffic flow conditions:
- Parameters and models of traffic flow on road sections;
- Traffic conditions at road intersections, basic principles of traffic control (traffic-lights);
B. Basic elements on transport telematics and ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) in road transport: systems and telematics technologies for transport systems; basic technologies (telecommunications; automatic vehicle location systems; automatic identification systems; traffic data collection and automatic passenger counting, traffic monitoring and automatic enforcement systems; geographical information systems); integration and application of electronics, computer sciences and telecommunication technologies in transport systems and related components.
C. Technical norms which influence traction and propulsion of road vehicles.
4. Transport systems operating on a fixed guide-way
- Performances and main parameters of a transport systems; operational features, consumption and energy efficiency, distancing among stops, commercial speed, frequency, capacity of vehicles and hourly capacity of a line;
- Hints on signaling and capacity of railways lines; automation; safety systems.
- Urban transport systems and metros; innovative transport systems;
- Scheduling and management of urban and metro transport services;
- Rail systems and tramways;
- Rape installations and related applications (elevators, ropeways, funiculars);
- Automated transport movers based on rope traction;
- Magnetic levitation systems.
5. Public transport services
- Traditional and dial-a-ride services, on road; car-pooling, car-sharing, bike sharing: notes;
- Quality of the transportation service.
6. Basic economic aspects related to transport systems: operational and management costs.
7. Multimdoal transport systems, parking and interchange areas.
8. Intermodal transport systems, for freight transport:
- Land intermodal systems and maritime transport, some bases
- Optimisation in distribution and transport.
9. Air transport stystems: notes
10. Choice among transport installations and systems: logic process and application of multi-criteria analyses.
Delivery modes
During the exercises, numerical applications related to topics already encountered during lessons are carried out and solved.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
- Course notes prepared by the lecturer concerning all the themes covered are distributed during the course (necessary).
- AA. VV. (a cura di Dalla Chiara B.), ITS nei trasporti stradali: tecnologie, metodi ed applicazioni, 472 pp., Ed. EGAF, febbraio 2013 (necessary)
- Vuhic Vukan R., Urban Transit Systems and Technology, Wiley, 2007 (as option, for consultation)
- Mayer L., Impianti ferroviari, Ed. CIFI Roma (as option, for consultation)
- Dalla Chiara B., Engineering and design of railway systems, pp.1-296, Politecnico di Torino, Ed. CLUT, September 2012 (as option, for consultation)
- Daganzo C. Fundamentals of transportation and traffic operations, Oxford, Pergamon, 1997.
- Olivari, M., Teoria e tecnica del deflusso veicolare, Aracne, 2009
- Cantarella G. E., Vitetta A., La regolazione di intersezioni stradali semaforizzate. Metodi e applicazioni, 2010 Franco Angeli
- Khisty C.J, Kent Lall B., Transportation Engineering: an introduction, Prentice hall, most recent edition
Assessment and grading criteria
The final exam consists in a written test on the kind of exercises completed during the teaching period, a multiple choice test on the subjects of lessons and in a short final oral examination on the covered subjects.

Teaching aids used during course: video projector with PC, overhead projector, DVDs; software available at the Computer Labs of the Politecnico, guided visits; the applications (exercises) carried out during the course require the use of pocket calculators. Students make full use of the textbooks and course notes suggested or distributed by the lecturer.

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