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Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 867236, 9 pages
Research Article

Dynamic Analyses of Urban Expressway Network with Mesoscopic Traffic Flow Model Integrated Variable Speed Limits

1Public Security Department, Shandong Police College, Jinan, Shandong 250014, China
2School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan, Shandong 250101, China

Received 11 December 2013; Accepted 14 February 2014; Published 18 March 2014

Academic Editor: Abdellah Hadjadj

Copyright © 2014 Shu-Bin Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Urban congestion is a major and costly problem in many cities both in China and other countries. The purpose of building urban expressway is to alleviate the growing traffic pressure. In this paper, the mesoscopic traffic flow models are improved by variable speed limits strategy for the dynamic of vehicles on urban expressway network. The models include static queuing model, the velocity model, and the movement model of the vehicle. Moreover the method of the simulation is also proposed. So that we can get the corresponding variable speed limits values and aid traffic managers in making decisions to develop a network traffic flow control strategy. In the end, the elevated expressway of Jinan city is used as a simulation example. We investigated the performance of the transport system with averaged density, speed, and flow on link. We also analysed the dynamic of the traffic system on expressway network at different demand levels. The simulation results show that the models are feasible and effective and the variable speed limits strategy can successfully alleviate the traffic congestion in some extent. The operational efficiency of the transportation system is greatly improved.