Monday, December 30, 2013

One liners - Transportation Engineering for GATE, PSUs - Part 5

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How have you been? Here is another round of one liners for your preparation for the GATE and PSUs examinations.


  • The diagram which shows the approximate path of vehicles and pedestrian involved in accidents is known as collision diagram.
  • With increase in the speed of the traffic stream, the minimum spacing of vehicles increases.
  • Traffic volume is equal to  traffic density * traffic speed.
  • Practical capacity is also known as design capacity.
  • With increase in speed of the traffic stream, the maximum capacity of the lane first increases and then decreases after reaching a maximum value at optimum speed.
  • Equivalent factor of passenger car unit(PCU) for a passenger car as per IRC is 1.0.
  • Scientific planning of transportation system and mass transit facilities in cities should be based on origin and destination studies.
  • The diagram which shows all important physical conditions of an accident location like roadway limits, bridges, trees and all details of roadway conditions is known as condition diagram.
  • When the speed of traffic flow becomes zero, then traffic density attains a maximum value whereas traffic volume becomes zero.
  • On a right angled road intersection with two way traffic, the total number of conflict points is 24.
  • The background of informatory  sign board is yellow.
  • Level crossing is indicated by a warning sign.
  • "Dead Slow" is a regulatory sign.
  • The most efficient traffic signal system is flexible progressive system.
  • The provision of traffic signals at inter-sections reduces right angled collisions but may increase rear end collisions.
  • Stop or red time of a signal is the sum of go and clearance for the cross flow.
  • Clearance time is generally 3 to 5 seconds.
  • The cycle length is normally 40 to 60 seconds for two phase signals.
  • Centre line markings are used in roadways meant for two way traffic.
  • The particular places where pedestrians are to cross the pavement are properly marked by the pavement marking known as crosswalk lines.
  • The entrance and exit curves of a rotary have different radii and different widths of pavement.
  • When two equally important roads cross roughly at right angles, the suitable shape of central island is circular.
  • Beyond 5000 vehicles per hour the rotary may not function efficiently.



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Saturday, December 28, 2013

One liners - Transportation Engineering for GATE, PSUs - Part 4

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I am here to give you another round of one liners from Surveying, for your preparation for GATE and PSUs.


  • For a constant value of co-efficient of lateral friction, the value of required super-elevation increases with, increase in speed and with decrease in radius of curve.
  • To calculate minimum value of ruling radius of horizontal curves in plain, the design speed is given by 16 kmph.
  • The attainment of super-elevation by rotation of pavement about the inner edge of the pavement avoids the drainage problem in the flat terrain.
  • Psychological extra widening of pavement depends upon the speed of the vehicle.
  • In case of hill roads the extra widening is generally provided on the inner side of the curve.
  • The mechanical widening required for a n lanes road is given by   (nl^2)/2R where, l is the length of wheel base of vehicle in meters.
  • As per the recommendation of IRC, spiral curve is used as the transition curve in the horizontal alignment of the highways.
  • The lower among the values obtained on the basis of allowable rate of change of centrifugal acceleration and based on rate of change of super-elevation, is taken as the design length.
  • The maximum design gradient for vertical profile of a road is ruling gradient.
  • The camber of a road should be approximately equal to half the longitudinal gradient.
  • A cubic parabola is preferred in a valley curve.
  • The value of ruling gradient in plains as per the recommendation of IRC is 1 in 30.
  • Highway facilities are designed for thirtieth highest hourly volume.
  • Enoscope is used to find the spot speed.
  • For highway geometric design purposes the speed used is 98th percentile.
  • Traffic capacity should always be greater than the traffic volume.
  • Length of a vehicle affects extra width of pavements and minimum turning radius.
  • The maximum width of a vehicle as per the recommendation of IRC is 2.44 m.
  • Desire lines are plotted in origin and destination studies.
  • License plate method is preferred for collecting origin and destination data for a small area like a mass business centre or a large intersection.
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Reference: Civil Engineering Objectives by S P Gupta and S P Gupta.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

One Liners/MCQs- Transportation Engineering.- part 3

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Here are few MCQs which might help you with Transportation Engineering.
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1. The camber preferred in concrete roads is

(a) Parabolic Camber
(b) Straight Camber
(c) Combination of parabolic and straight camber
(d) Cubic

Ans: (b) Straight

2. The shoulders are preferred to be

(a) Paved
(b) Rough
(c) Smooth

Ans: (b)

3. To avoid overturning and lateral skidding, the centrifugal ratio and lateral friction must be 
(a) Equal to b/2h
(b) More than b/2h
(c) Less than b/2h
(d) 0
  where b is the wheel base and h is the height of the center of gravity.
Ans: (c)

4. When the longitudinal distance covered is more than the wheel circumferential distance, this phenomenon is called:
(a) Sliding
(b) Skidding
(c) Overturning
(d) Decelerating
Ans: (b)

5. Nagpur road plan was based on 

(a) Star/Radial Road Pattern
(b) Rectangular road pattern
(c) Star/Radial and rectangular road pattern
(d) Star and Grid Pattern

Ans: (d)

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