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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Athearn, Mark A.
URN etd-01262010-020245
Title A simulation model for traffic loading analysis
Degree Master of Science
Department Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Midkiff, Scott F. Committee Chair
Bender, Ronald R. Committee Member
Blanchard, Benjamin S. Jr. Committee Member
  • traffic simulation
Date of Defense 1996-05-14
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A simulation model for traffic loading analysis is needed to aid the designers of landmobile radio communication systems. In the past, our system designers have relied on analytical solutions to perform traffic loading analysis. As our communication system evolved and changed from a voice-only system, to a voice and data system, it became apparent that the assumptions needed for an accurate Erlang C prediction were no longer valid. Thus, the need for a simulation model was realized in order to better predict the radio system's capacity to support a given traffic load.

This paper describes the process by which the simulation model was designed, developed, and validated. The simulation modeling system was developed using systems engineering methodologies. This document describes the need for a traffic analysis tool and the development process followed, from conceptualization through test and evaluation. An analysis package is also presented to show the verification and validation of the simulation model. Recommendations and a summary conclude the discussion.

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