01-40 Michael Blank
Dynamics of traffic jams: order and chaos (69K, LATeX 2e) Jan 29, 01
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Abstract. By means of a novel variational approach we study ergodic properties of a model of a multi lane traffic flow, considered as a (deterministic) wandering of interacting particles on an infinite lattice. For a class of initial configurations of particles (roughly speaking satisfying the Law of Large Numbers) the complete description of their limit (in time) behavior is obtained, as well as estimates of the transient period. In this period the main object of interest is the dynamics of `traffic jams', which is rigorously defined and studied. It is shown that the dynamical system under consideration is chaotic in a sense that its topological entropy (calculated explicitly) is positive. Statistical quantities describing limit configurations are obtained as well.

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