Colloquium: Imke Catharina Kleinbekman (C&O)

18 januari 2019 14:30 - Locatie: Lecture Room C, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, Delft.

eVTOL arrival sequencing and scheduling for on-demand urban air mobility

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) has the ability to reduce ground traffic congestion by enabling rapid on-demand flight through three-dimensional airspace with zero operational emissions by using electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles. However, research on air traffic control for UAM is limited. Compared to fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters, eVTOL aircraft fly on-demand and have different flight dynamics, limited battery energy supply and a limited number of landing spots at a vertiport e.g. on top of high-rise buildings. This work is the first to utilise a mixed-integer linear program that computes the optimal arrival schedule for eVTOLs to safely separate them for minimum delay based on remaining battery state of charge. A concept of operations for vertiport terminal area airspace is also proposed while making use of an energy-efficient trajectory optimisation tool. At last, a case study is performed on eVTOL arrivals in the envisioned vertiport network of Houston, Texas.