Hydrant refueling system as an optimisation of aircraft refuelling

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VOLUME 10 , ISSUE 3 (September 2015) > List of articles

Hydrant refueling system as an optimisation of aircraft refuelling

Martin HROMÁDKA / Andrej CÍGER

Keywords : airport hydrant systems, aircraft refuelling, fuel uplift

Citation Information : Transport Problems. Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 61-71, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/tp-2015-035

License : (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Published Online: 21-April-2017

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At large international airports, aircraft can be refuelled either by fuel trucks or using dedicated underground pipeline systems. The latter, hydrant refuelling, is considered to be an optimal fuelling method as it increases safety, shortens the aircraft turnaround time and cuts the overall costs. However, at smaller airports, implementation of this system can lead to high investment costs. Thus, the paper discusses the airport size from which this system may be efficient to implement. Various definitions of term “airport size” are assessed. Based on data collection, the hydrant system model is created within the paper. As a result, methodology for assessing the suitability of hydrant system implementation is set. This methodology can be used at every airport using three simple inputs.

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