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Publisher DOI: 10.15488/9323
Title: Conditions for passenger aircraft minimum fuel consumption, direct operating costs and environmental impact
Language: English
Authors: Caers, Brecht 
Keywords: Luftfahrt;Flugzeugaerodynamik;Flugmechanik;Betriebskosten;Flugzeug;Flugtriebwerk;Luftverschmutzung;Energieverbrauch;Tabellenkalkulation;Aeronautics;Cost accounting;Environmental protection;Airplanes;Aerodynamics;Speed;Altitudes;Energy conservation;Global warming;Electronic spreadsheets;aviation;commercial;aircraft;air pollution
Issue Date: 28-Jul-2022
Is supplemented by: 10.7910/DVN/DLZSDK
Purpose – Find optimal flight and design parameters for three objectives: minimum fuel consumption, Direct Operating Costs (DOC), and environmental impact of a passenger jet aircraft. --- Approach – Combining multiple models (this includes aerodynamics, specific fuel consumption, DOC, and equivalent CO2 mass) into one generic model. In this combined model, each objective's importance is determined by a weighting factor. Additionally, the possibility of further optimizing this model by altering an aircraft's wing loading is analyzed. --- Findings – When optimizing for a compromise between economic and ecologic benefits, the general outcome is a reduction in cruise altitude and an unaltered cruise Mach number compared to common practice. Decreasing cruise speed would benefit the environmental impact but has a negative effect on seat-mile cost. An increase in wing loading could further optimize the general outcome. Albeit at the cost of a greater required landing distance, therefore limiting the operational opportunities of this aircraft. --- Research limitations – Most models use estimating equations based on first principles and statistical data. --- Practical implications – The optimal cruise altitude and speed for a specific objective can be approximated for any passenger jet aircraft. --- Social implications – By using a simple approach, the discussion of optimizing aircraft opens up to a level where everyone can participate. --- Value – To find a general answer on how to optimize aviation, operational and design-wise, by using a simple approach.
Institute: Forschungsgruppe Flugzeugentwurf und -systeme (AERO) 
Department Fahrzeugtechnik und Flugzeugbau 
Fakultät Technik und Informatik 
Type: Thesis
Thesis type: Master Thesis
Advisor: Scholz, Dieter  
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