Date of Award
Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Department of Operational Sciences
Alan W. Johnson, PhD
Fuel is a critical strategic asset for military aviation operations, yet is increasingly expensive. Air refueling offers both the opportunity to extend aircraft range and the potential to save fuel by enabling a transport aircraft to depart with less fuel in exchange for additional cargo. We evaluate the practicality of air refueling in terms of fuel savings versus distance and cargo quantity, by introducing two non-linear optimization models that examine the tradeoff between departure fuel weight and loaded cargo for given origin, destination, and tanker base positions and freight quantities to be moved. We use various numerical example scenarios to show that substantial fuel savings from air refueling are possible.
DTIC Accession Number
Toydas, Murat, "Fuel Savings Opportunities from Air Refueling" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2091.