SOAP - Simulation and Optimization of Air transport Processes

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Duration: From 2023 to 2025


Project Description

The project „SOAP - Simulation and Optimization of Air transport Processes“ is part of the Cluster of Excellence „SE²A – Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Aviation“. As an interdisciplinary research center of the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and the University of Art Braunschweig (HBK), it is the objective of SE²A the investigation of new technologies for a sustainable and energy efficient air transport system.

Over the last decades, simulation has proven to be a solid approach to grasp the effects of introducing new elements into an already running system. Utilizing new electric or hydrogen-based aircraft types will lead to major changes in transportation flows and operating processes within the air transport system (ATS), airport and the hinterland resulting in optimization opportunities and potential problems. 

To identify the latter, the already existing simulation environment “SE2A Advanced ATS Simulation” (AdAS) will be both refined and expanded in certain areas. The extensions include an embedding of the ATS in a multimodal transportation system, as well as an extension to include a long-term optimal fleet planning option. To this end, we will develop an optimization model to determine optimal fleet renewal schemes over time. The solution approach will involve frequent calls to AdAS for final feasibility decisions. Due to the automated coupling, multiple different transition ways can be evaluated.




Project Partners

  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
    • Institute for Flight Guidance
    • Institute for Mathematical Optimization
    •  Institute for Intermodal Transport and Logistics Systems