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Economic impact of fuel properties on turbine powered business aircraftThe principal objective was to estimate the economic impact on the turbine-powered business aviation fleet of potential changes in the composition and properties of aviation fuel. Secondary objectives include estimation of the sensitivity of costs to specific fuel properties, and an assessment of the directions in which further research should be directed. The study was based on the published characteristics of typical and specific modern aircraft in three classes; heavy jet, light jet, and turboprop. Missions of these aircraft were simulated by computer methods for each aircraft for several range and payload combinations, and assumed atmospheric temperatures ranging from nominal to extremely cold. Five fuels were selected for comparison with the reference fuel, nominal Jet A. An overview of the data, the mathematic models, the data reduction and analysis procedure, and the results of the study are given. The direct operating costs of the study fuels are compared with that of the reference fuel in the 1990 time-frame, and the anticipated fleet costs and fuel break-even costs are estimated.
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Conference Paper
Powell, F. D.
(Simmonds Precision Products, Inc. Vergennes, VT, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1984
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Publication: NASA. Lewis Research Center Assessment of Alternative Aircraft Fuels
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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