Hello guys let first see what is spot speed study, important definitions, and how to carry out all spot speed studies.
This is the instantaneous speed of a vehicle at a specified section or location.
Important Definitions For A Spot Speed Study
Average speed is the average of the spot speeds of all the vehicles passing a given point on the roadway.
It is the average speed maintained by a vehicle over a particular stretch of road, while the vehicle is in motion.
Running speed = distance traveled by a vehicle/time taken (excluding delay)
C)Travel Speed (Overall Speed) :
It is the effective speed with which a vehicle traverses a particular route between two stations. It is also called Journey speed
=Total distance traveled/Total time taken (including delays)
Location And Time Of Spot Speed Study :
1. At all major highways.
2. At all high accident frequency points
3. At all points where installation of traffic signals and stop signs are contemplated.
4. At other representative locations for collecting basic data for future planning.
B)Time of Study :
1. One hour between 9 to 12 a.m.
2. One hour between 3 to 6 p.m.
3. One hour between 5 to 10 p.m.
The spot speed studies are usually made in good and normal weather.
Measurement of Spot Speed Study
The study is useful in any of the following aspects of traffic engineering :
1. To use in planning traffic control and in traffic regulation.
2. For highway geometric design
3. To use in accident study
4. To study the traffic capacity
5. To decide the speed trends.
Measurement of Spot Speed Is Divided Into Three Parts
BY MEASURING THE TIME REQUIRED TO TRAVEL KNOWN DISTANCE
This also divided into the following parts
A)Long Base Methods
1) Direct Timing Procedure
2) Enoscope Pressure
3) Contact Tubes
B)Short Base Methods
If the timing by observer, the measurement a convenient point section on one side of the road at higher elevation both the timing spots seen directly.
From the known distance measured time intervals, speeds calculated. observer can read a stop-watch to an accuracy of 0.2 second. If the observer can station themselves in way, the speeds calculated influenced by the driver’s reaction . The disadvantages of this approach are that the readings are influenced by the observer’s parallax effect in observing the vehicle position.
B) Enoscope :
Enoscope is a mirror box supported on a tripod stand. In its simplest principle, the observer is stationed on one side of the road and starts a stopwatch when a vehicle crosses that section.
An Enoscope has placed at a convenient distance of say 50 m in such a way that the image of the vehicle is seen by the observer when the vehicle crosses the section where the enoscope is fixed and at this instant, the stopwatch is stopped.
The time required for the vehicle to cross the known length is found and is converted to the speed in kmph.
The main advantage of this method is that it is simple and cheap equipment and is easy to use.
The main disadvantage of this method is that the progress is too slow to spot out typical vehicles and the number of samples observed will be less.
The possibility of human error is high.
Spot Speed Study By Two Enoscopes
In this method, the observer stands between two enoscopes. When the image of the vehicle is seen in the enoscope at A, stopwatch is started and the instant, when the image of the vehicle is seen at B, the stopwatch is stopped.
C) Pressure Contact Tubes :
In this method, pneumatic tubes are used as detectors to indicate the time of entering and leaving the base length.
When a vehicle passes over the tube laid at the first reference point, an air impulse is sent, which activates an electromagnetically controlled stopwatch in the hands of the observer.
When the vehicle passes over the second tube, the stopwatch automatically stops. The reading is noted by the observer. Alternatively, the readings can be recorded by automatic data recorders.
The main disadvantage of this method is that the contact tubes are easily seen by the drivers and this may affect their behavior.
B) Radar Speed Meter
Radar speed meters work on the principle of the ‘Doppler effect’.
According to this principle, the speed of a moving body is proportional to the change in the frequency between the radio wave transmitted to the moving body and the radio wave received back.
The instrument directly measures the speed, and an accuracy of at least t 1.5 km.ph. is possible.
The instrument is battery operated and is portable. The speed meter is so kept that the angle between the direction of travel of the vehicle and the axis of transmission of the radio waves is as low as possible, say within 20°.
The instrument is set up near the edge of the carriageway at a height of about 1 m. The speeds of vehicles in both directions can be observed by this method.
PRESENTATION OF SPOT SPEED DATA
To facilitate easy computations, the first step in the analysis of spot speed data is to group them into speed-class intervals and a frequency distribution table are constructed, as given below.
Table 2.2 Frequency distribution of spot speed
The Spot Speed Study Data Can Be Presented Graphically In The Following Ways :
1. Histogram and frequency distribution curve
2. Cumulative frequency curve
1. Histogram And Frequency Distribution Curve:
The histogram is a plot between speed interval (speed range) and frequency %. A frequency distribution curve, of spot speeds is plotted with average values of each speed group of vehicles on the x-axis and % of the vehicle (frequency %) on the y-axis.
Thus, the frequency distribution curve is found by rounding off the histogram so that the area of the frequency curve is equal to the area of the histogram.
Modal speed: The speed corresponding to the peak of the frequency distribution curve is called modal speed.
The modal speed indicate the speed at which the greatest proportion of vehicles travel.
2. Cumulative Frequency Curve :
The cumulative frequency curve is plotted between cumulative frequency percentage and upper limit of speed in each speed group.
It is used for determining the number of vehicles travel above or below given speed.
85th percentile speed:
The speed corresponding to 85% cumulative frequency in the cumulative speed distribution the graph is known as 85th percentile speed.
85th percentile speed is the speed at or below which 85% of the vehicles are passing the point on the highway or only 15% of the vehicles exceed the speed at that spot.
85″ percentile speed is also known as safe speed limit.
98th percentile speed is taken as the design speed for a highway.
The 15th percentile speed is the minimum speed.
Time Mean Speed And Space Mean Speed :
1. Time – mean speed (Vt)
The average speed of different vehicles measured at a particular section of the road is called time mean speed.
V = time mean speed
Vi =instantaneous speed of the ith vehicle
n = No. of the vehicle observed
2. Space mean speed (Vs):
It is the speed of vehicles on a road length measured at different sections but at the same time.
Measure of Central Tendency And Dispersion
1. Arithmetic Mean (x):
One of the measure for determining central the tendency of speed data is the arithmetic mean, which is the average of the observed speed.
Exi= arithmetic mean speed
fi = number of speed observations in a group I
xi= midpoint speed of group i
2. Standard Deviation (s):
The standard deviation of a grouped frequency distribution is given by:
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