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Operational and Environmental Assessment of the Electric Taxi based on Fast-time Simulation

Wollenheit, Richard and Mühlhausen, Thorsten (2013) Operational and Environmental Assessment of the Electric Taxi based on Fast-time Simulation. TRB 92nd Annual Meeting, 13.-17. Jan. 2013, Washington, USA.

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Economic pressure and increasing environmental awareness foster the development of new taxi operation technologies and procedures. One of the most promising developments is the use of electrically powered landing gears for medium-sized aircraft in civil aviation. Meeting the prerequisite that the weight of the new equipment and the weight of the saved fuel is approximately balanced, operational as well as economic and environmental benefits can be achieved. This paper describes the method how to assess these benefits by means of a fast-time simulation model and shows exemplary results for two airports. The first of these airports, Frankfurt (FRA), is one of the major European hub airports. Due to the higher share of heavy aircraft, which are assumed not to be equipped with an electrical landing gear, the relative benefit of almost 20% fuel savings is lower than at the second airport in the study, Berlin Brandenburg International (BER), the new capital airport, which is estimated to open in 2013. As the share of medium-sized aircraft is expected to be higher, relative fuel savings of more than 36% can be reached there. Besides of these economic and environmental impacts, also operational benefits can be observed as the aircraft can back out from their parking stands autonomously. By this the time-consuming coupling and decoupling of a pushback vehicle can be saved.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/76464/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Additional Information:2012-11-09 TRB-ElectricTaxi-Benefit-FTS.pdf
Title:Operational and Environmental Assessment of the Electric Taxi based on Fast-time Simulation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Wollenheit, Richardrichard.wollenheit (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mühlhausen, Thorstenthorsten.muehlhausen (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:16 January 2013
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Electric Taxi, airport, taxiing, emissions, fuel burn, fast-time simulation.
Event Title:TRB 92nd Annual Meeting
Event Location:Washington, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-17. Jan. 2013
Organizer:Transportation Research Board
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Simulation & Validation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Air traffic systems
Deposited By: Wollenheit, Richard
Deposited On:03 Aug 2012 12:19
Last Modified:05 Mar 2013 14:39

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