Title page for ETD etd-03122009-040357

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kari, Uday Shankar
URN etd-03122009-040357
Title Emergency evacuation around nuclear power stations :a systems approach
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hobeika, Antoine G. Committee Chair
Sherali, Hanif D. Committee Member
Trani, Antonio A. Committee Member
  • Evacuation of civilians
Date of Defense 1990-04-05
Availability restricted
Prior to this work, MASSVAC (MASS eVACuation) had evolved as a micro-computer simulation model for analysis and evaluation of areas facing natural disasters (hurricanes and floods). Conceptual and technical enhancements have been made to procedures within MASSVAC to deal with the special problems of evacuating around nuclear power stations. Its incorporation into TEDSS-3 (Transportation-Evacuation Decision Support System) has resulted in a powerful tool to assist development of evacuation plans for nuclear power plants. The computer package comprehensively provides for all functions related to evacuation planning such as development of a socioeconomic and highway network database, estimation of evacuation time and development/evaluation of traffic management strategies to reduce network clearance times and to improve highway network performance during evacuation.

Primary focus is on the new features incorporated into MASSVAC, especially in the trip distribution and traffic assignment procedures. Significant improvements have been made to the software implementations of the Dial traffic assignment and other key algorithms used in MASSVAC. The information content of the model's output has been enhanced for better understanding of the evacuation process and presentation of results.

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