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A state of the art on railway simulation modelling software and its application to designing baggage transfer service

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marin Marinov



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There is a new baggage transfer service suggested in Newcastle Central Station, in order to prove that the service is feasible, it is needed to test the idea by creating a simulation model about the system before fully implementation in reality. The main aim of this project is to review literatures on numerous simulation modelling software and give suggestions on which one should be best used in supporting the design of such system. This paper has compared 5 different common simulation software used by railway industry by looking at their forms and natures as well as their applications from a number of literatures. It is suggested that SIMUL8, a macroscopic discrete event based software, should be the best simulation software to be used among the 5 compared ones because of its simplicity and the ability to give analysis results just detailed enough for investigation of such baggage transfer system. Some other background research related to railway policies, passenger figures and studies about baggage transfer system has also been conducted throughout this paper in the aid of facilitating the design of this baggage transfer system using the software. There are also some possible suggestions to improve the reliability of the simulation results made at the end of the paper.

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Author(s): Yeung H, Marinov M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: RailExchange

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 111-125

Print publication date: 06/10/2017

Acceptance date: 04/10/2017

Date deposited: 28/08/2017

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78544-8

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Mobility

ISBN: 9783319785448


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