CPN-simulation methodology for the boarding process of aircraft

Miguel Mujica Mota, Idalia Flores, Daniel Guimarans

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The boarding process of an aircraft is one of the identified bottlenecks in the turnaround when the aircraft arrives to an airport. The present article presents a methodology that models the key aspects of a boarding process using coloured Petri nets in order to understand in detail what are the main micro-dynamics and cause-effect relationships that hinder the smooth boarding process. Then the different models are integrated at a different level using a discrete-event program to simulate in detail the boarding process. The combination of both techniques reinforce mutually in such a way that the development process is very efficient for developing micro-models when the dynamics are difficult to understand. This kind of approach can be used for testing different boarding configurations and improve the efficiency of the studied process while reducing the cost associated to the process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium (EMSS 2014)
Subtitle of host publicationHeld at the International Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation Multiconference (I3M 2014)
EditorsMichael Affenzeller, Emilio Jimenez, Yuri Merkuryev, Agostino G. Bruzzone, Francesco Longo, Lin Zhang
Place of PublicationRed Hook NY USA
PublisherCurran Associates, Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9788897999324, 9781634393140
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Modeling and Simulation Symposium 2014 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 10 Sept 201412 Sept 2014
Conference number: 26th


ConferenceEuropean Modeling and Simulation Symposium 2014
Abbreviated titleEMSS 2014
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  • Aircraft boarding process
  • Coloured petri nets
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Simulation

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