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M. Engelmann, M. Hornung
In the LuFo research project "AdVanced Aircraft CONcepts" (AVACON), one of the areas of interest is the aircrafts cabin layout as well as its implication on the passenger flow during the boarding procedure. Starting with the research baseline aircraft and continuing with each of the research projects consecutive aircraft derivations, a dedicated work package comprising of Airbus and Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (BHL) assesses those questions. The specific task of BHL in this package is to assess the boarding process of the different aircraft iterations using the PAXelerate boarding simulation tool. PAXelerate2 is an open source, 2D agent-based passenger flow simulation developed by BHL as a fast way to assess novel cabin layouts in terms of their boarding performance. The foundation of the simulation framework is a cheapest path A-Star algorithm operating in a grid based cabin representation. Support for the CPACS file format is implemented into PAXelerate for the AVACON project in order to achieve a seamless import and integration of the different aircraft iterations. The tool itself consists of two parts with one being the cabin configurator module, which renders the CPACS data and enables the verification of implementations and a modification of the cabin layout. The simulation itself is executed in the second, console based module, enabling a rapid batch simulation and trade study assessment. In the scope of this publication, the passenger flow is simulated for the AVACON research baseline aircraft containing 252 passengers in a two-class layout. The assessment focuses on a variation of the applied boarding procedure (including a random, window-to-aisle sequence) as well as the respective door configuration. PAXelerate performs these different boarding scenarios and is capable of highlighting potential sensitivities. The results of the simulations not only deliver an average boarding time for a given scenario but also hint at other aspects such as the number of interruptions of passengers walking through the cabin. From this data, possible paths for a suitable boarding procedure as well as the impact of a different boarding door can be derived and highlight the path for the projects future cabin design.
Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress 2019, Darmstadt
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt - Lilienthal-Oberth e.V., Bonn, 2019
21,0 x 29,7 cm, 9 Seiten
Stichworte zum Inhalt:
PAXelerate, Boarding Simulation, Agent based, Aircraft, Passenger, AVACON
Engelmann, M.; Hornung, M. (2019): Boarding Process Assessment of the AVACON Research Baseline Aircraft. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt - Lilienthal-Oberth e.V.. (Text). https://doi.org/10.25967/490049. urn:nbn:de:101:1-2019111311543699382787.