Opportunities for Reducing Surface Emissions through Airport Surface Movement Optimization

Taxiing aircraft contribute significantly to fuel burn and emissions at airports. The quantities of fuel burned as well as different pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and particulate matter, are functions of aircraft taxi duration (along with throttle setting, number of running engines, and pilot and airline decisions regarding engine shutdowns during delays). The reduction of taxi times through improved planning of surface movements has the potential to reduce these emissions. Project 21 focuses on opportunities to reduce surface emissions through departure planning and surface movement optimization.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $299901.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Urlass, Steven

  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Balakrishnan, Hamsa

  • Start Date: 20070915
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34290

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01570577
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 06-C-NE-MIT-019
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2015 1:00AM