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Using Discrete-Event Simulation for a Holistic Aircraft Life Cycle Assessment

Rahn, Antonia and Wicke, Kai and Wende, Gerko (2022) Using Discrete-Event Simulation for a Holistic Aircraft Life Cycle Assessment. Sustainability, 14 (17), p. 10598. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/su141710598. ISSN 2071-1050.

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Abstract

With growing environmental awareness and the resulting pressure on aviation, ecological impact assessments are becoming increasingly important. Life cycle assessment has been widely used in the literature as a tool to assess the environmental impact of aircraft. However, due to the complexity of the method itself and the long lifespans of aircraft, most studies so far have made strong simplifications, especially concerning the operational phase. Using a combined discrete-event simulation framework, this paper aims to ecologically assess the individual life cycle phases of an aircraft. The method will be demonstrated in a case study of an A320 and subsequently compared with findings from the literature. Despite the significant environmental impact of flight operations, which covers almost 99.8% of the entire life cycle of the aircraft, a detailed consideration of all life cycle phases is essential to serve as a reference for the ecological assessment of novel aircraft concepts. The presented assessment method thus enables a holistic analysis at an early stage of the design process and supports the decision-making for new technologies and operational changes.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/188014/
Document Type:Article
Title:Using Discrete-Event Simulation for a Holistic Aircraft Life Cycle Assessment
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Rahn, AntoniaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0528-5629UNSPECIFIED
Wicke, KaiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8220-6437UNSPECIFIED
Wende, GerkoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 August 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Sustainability
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:14
DOI:10.3390/su141710598
Page Range:p. 10598
Editors:
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hooper, PaulUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Raje, FionaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Heyes, GraemeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
ISSN:2071-1050
Status:Published
Keywords:life cycle assessment; discrete-event simulation; aviation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul > Product Life Cycle Management
Deposited By: Rahn, Antonia
Deposited On:01 Sep 2022 14:47
Last Modified:19 Sep 2022 10:50

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