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Aircraft Performance for Open Air Traffic Simulations

Metz, Isabel Carole and Hoekstra, Jacco M. and Ellerbroek, Joost and Kügler, Dirk (2016) Aircraft Performance for Open Air Traffic Simulations. In: Scopus. AIAA Aviation, 13.-17. Jun 2016, Washington D.C., USA.

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The BlueSky Open Air Traffic Simulator developed by the Control \& Simulation section of TU Delft aims at supporting research for analysing Air Traffic Management concepts by providing an open source simulation platform. The goal of this study was to complement BlueSky with aircraft performance models in order to enable performance-related Air Traffic Management studies. The aircraft performance model developed within this work consists of a kinetic Flight Dynamics Model, which stores the required performance characteristics in a database with type-specific aircraft and engine coefficients. Currently, sixteen commercial turbofan and turboprop aircraft from different range and weight categories are represented. To evaluate the quality of the aircraft performance model, its outputs were compared to results from literature as well as from real flights. It was found that the applied methodologies for the determination of aircraft performance accurately model high-speed drag polars as well as fuel consumption for cruising and taxiing aircraft. The fuel consumption model of climbing and descending aircraft, however, leaves room for improvement. Possible strategies for obtaining a more precise estimation of fuel burn over the entire flight are recommended based on the results of this study. With this work, the BlueSky Open Air Traffic Simulator considers individual aircraft performance. This is an important step in the creation of an open simulation platform for Air Traffic Management research.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/105027/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Aircraft Performance for Open Air Traffic Simulations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Metz, Isabel CaroleIsabel.Metz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hoekstra, Jacco M.J.M.Hoekstra (at) tudelft.nlUNSPECIFIED
Ellerbroek, JoostJ.Ellerbroek (at) tudelft.nlUNSPECIFIED
Kügler, Dirkdirk.kuegler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Scopus
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:BlueSky, Air Traffic Simulator, Open Source, Open Data, Aircraft Performance, Drag Polar, Fuel Consumption, Flight Envelope
Event Title:AIAA Aviation
Event Location:Washington D.C., USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-17. Jun 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Simulation and Validation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance
Deposited By: Metz, Isabel Carole
Deposited On:09 Nov 2016 17:26
Last Modified:09 Nov 2016 17:55

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