1. Concepts

Spirals were mentioned in the Basic Concepts section of Chapter C. Horizontal Curves. In this chapter, we will go into more detail.

Recall that a spiral arc, Figure E-1, has a constantly changing radius.

Figure E-1

This characteristic has advantages in route applications, discussed in the next section, as well as presenting computational challenges. While a more complex geometric curve than a circular arc, a few reasonable assumptions can simplify its calculation.