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Transport Problems

Silesian University of Technology

Subject: Economics, Transportation, Transportation Science & Technology


eISSN: 2300-861X



VOLUME 14 , ISSUE 4 (December 2019) > List of articles


Vladimir BUGARSKI / Todor BAČKALIĆ * / Željko KANOVIĆ / Filip KULIĆ / Miloš ZEKOVIĆ

Keywords : vessel traffic; one-way section; fuzzy expert system; adaptive control

Citation Information : Transport Problems. Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 39-50, DOI: https://doi.org/10.20858/tp.2019.14.4.4

License : (CC BY 4.0)

Received Date : 16-April-2018 / Accepted: 04-October-2019 / Published Online: 08-December-2019



This paper analyses the management process of the vessel traffic control on one-way section on navigable canal with the adaptive time-sequential filter (traffic lights). One-way section on canal significantly decreases waterway capacity and requests special attention in control and regulation of the vessel traffic. The vessel traffic is a stochastic variable, and the vessel traffic control needs to be flexible and adaptive in order to achieve the required traffic flow with minimal delays. On the one-way section, two independent variable vessel flows from opposite directions are encountered, and fixed (predefined) signal plans lead to an increase in vessel delays. An appropriate solution is development of a Fuzzy Control System (FCS) for the vessel traffic control. A control algorithm is designed according to a set of linguistic rules that describes input parameters for the control strategy. The estimated and approximate input parameters are implemented in the algorithm as fuzzy sets. The final result of the developed algorithm is the traffic light scheme (duration of green light for certain direction). The presented control system can be used as an adaptive automatic control system for the vessel traffic control processes on navigable canals or on critical sections of other waterways.

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