Wind optimal flight trajectories to minimise fuel consumption within a 3 dimensional flight network

Charlotte Currie, Andres Marcos, Oliver Turnbull

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Abstract

This paper assesses the potential fuel savings benefits that can be gained from wind optimal flight trajectories. This question is posed on a 3 dimensional fixed flight network consisting of discrete waypoints which is representative of the size of Europe. The optimisation implements Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm to compute the minimum fuel burn route through a network and compares this to the fuel burn for the shortest distance route. Particular effort is applied to testing the repeatability and robustness of the results. This is achieved through a sensitive analysis based on a number of identified model parameters relating to the setup of the flight network. The results of this study show fuel savings between 1.0%-10.3%, and suggest that the benefits of wind optimal flight trajectories are significant.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 UKACC International Conference on Control (CONTROL 2016)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 31 August - 2 September 2016, Belfast, United Kingdom
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467398916
ISBN (Print)9781467398923
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Event11th UKACC United Kingdom Automatic Control Council International Conference on Control, UKACC Control 2016 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Aug 20162 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference11th UKACC United Kingdom Automatic Control Council International Conference on Control, UKACC Control 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period31/08/162/09/16

Keywords

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Environment
  • Graph Theory
  • Networks
  • Optimal Trajectory

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