Date of Award
Master of Science in Operations Research
Department of Operational Sciences
Lance E. Champagne, PhD
Identifying accurate tradeoffs between loiter time, range, and loiter altitude for jet aircraft are critical for mission planning, but current methods are cumbersome and time and labor intensive. This research introduces a new method for determining tradeoffs between loiter time, range, and loiter altitude for jet aircraft utilizing specific aircraft performance characteristics and the Bréguet range and endurance equations. Results from this new methodology are compared to the existing model used by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center for flight planning. This method is then extended and applied to several routing assignment problems, taking advantage of the incorporation of performance characteristics in their formulation. Example problems are generated using binary integer programming models and nonlinear mixed integer programming models.
DTIC Accession Number
Bramblett, Lauren M., "Turbojet Range, Loiter, and Altitude Tradeoff Estimations in Efficient Modeling and Optimization Formulations" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2296.