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Aquaplaning: Development of a Risk Pond Model from Road Surface Measurements
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering.
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesisAlternative title
Vattenplaning : Utveckling av en riskpölmodell utgående från vägytemätningar (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Aquaplaning accidents are relatively rare, but could have fatal effects. The task of this master’s thesis is to use data from the Laser Road Surface Tester to detect road sections with risk of aquaplaning.

A three-dimensional model based on data from road surface measurements is created using MATLAB (version 6.1). From this general geometrical model of the road, a pond model is produced from which the theoretical risk ponds are detected. A risk pond indication table is fur-ther created.

The pond model seems to work well assuming that the data from the road model is correct. Determining limits for depth and length of risk ponds can be made directly by the user. MATLAB code is reasonably easy to understand and this leaves great opportunities for changing different parameters in a simple way.

Supplementary research is needed to further improve the risk pond detection model. Collecting data at smaller intervals and with more measurement points would be desirable for achieving better correlation with reality. In a future perspective, it would be wise to port the code to another programming language and this could make the computations faster.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för systemteknik , 2003.
LiTH-ISY-Ex, 3409
Keyword [en]
Reglerteknik, Aquaplaning, Hydroplaning, Risk Pond, Road Surface Measurements, Road Surface Monitoring, Laser RST, Traffic Safety
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Control Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1990OAI: diva2:19317
Available from: 2003-11-03 Created: 2003-11-03

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