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Tanker Mission Implication on a Civil Aerial Refuelling Transport System’s Benefit Evaluation

McRoberts, Richard and Early, Juliana M. and Morscheck, Fabian and Price, Mark and Korn, Bernd (2015) Tanker Mission Implication on a Civil Aerial Refuelling Transport System’s Benefit Evaluation. Journal of Aircraft (52), pp. 320-328. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). DOI: 10.2514/1.C032726 ISSN 0021-8669

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Abstract

As the emphasis on initiatives that can improve environmental efficiency while simultaneously maintaining economic viability has escalated in recent years, attention has turned to more radical concepts of operation. In particular, the cruiser–feeder concept has shown potential for a new generation, environmentally friendly, airtransport system to alleviate the growing pressure on the passenger air-transportation network. However, a full evaluation of realizable benefits is needed to determine how the design and operation of potential feeder-aircraft configurations impact on the feasibility of the overall concept. This paper presents an analysis of a cruiser–feeder concept, in which fuel is transferred between the feeder and the cruiser in an aerial-refueling configuration to extend range while reducing cruiser weight, compared against the effects of escalating existing technology levels while retaining the existing passenger levels. Up to 14% fuel-burn and 12% operating-cost savings can be achieved when compared to a similar technology-level aircraft concept without aerial refueling, representing up to 26% in fuel burn and 25% in total operating cost over the existing operational model at today’s standard fleet technology and performance. However, these potential savings are not uniformly distributed across the network, and the system is highly sensitive to the routes serviced, with reductions in revenue-generation potential observed across the network for aerial-refueling operations due to reductions in passenger revenue.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99499/
Document Type:Article
Title:Tanker Mission Implication on a Civil Aerial Refuelling Transport System’s Benefit Evaluation
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
McRoberts, RichardSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT9 5AH, Northern IrelanUNSPECIFIED
Early, Juliana M.School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT9 5AH, Northern IrelanUNSPECIFIED
Morscheck, FabianFabian.Morscheck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Price, MarkSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT9 5AH, Northern IrelanUNSPECIFIED
Korn, BerndUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Aircraft
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.2514/1.C032726
Page Range:pp. 320-328
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
ISSN:0021-8669
Status:Published
Keywords:Air to air refueling; RECREATE; Cruiser feeder; Air transportation system;
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Transport Concepts and Operation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Morscheck, Fabian
Deposited On:25 Nov 2015 18:46
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:41

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