Aircraft Mass Estimation using Quick Access Recorder Data

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE/AIAA 37th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) Proceedings
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Electronic)9781538641125
ISBN (Print)9781538641132
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Publication series

NameAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
Volume2018-September
ISSN (Print)2155-7195
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7209

Conference

Title37th AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC 2018)
PlaceUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period23 - 27 September 2018

Abstract

Aircraft mass is the most important parameter airliners use to determine how much cargo and fuel they should take for the flight to maximize their profit while keep the total weight under the safety limit. For many practical reasons, airliners can not get the accurate aircraft mass data by weighting every cargo and passenger for each flight. Several studies have proposed methods to estimate aircraft mass based on radar data or ADS-B data. But due to the measurement errors in the data, and also due to uncertainties in aircraft configuration, it is hard to calculate accurate aircraft mass data for every flight. In the paper, the quick access recorder data are used for analysis, parameters that are not available in radar data or ADS-B data can now be used to eliminate parameters with large errors in the level flight point-mass dynamics model. Equations are reformulated as a set of overdetermined linear equations with nonlinearly structured errors in system matrix. The set of equations does not depend on inaccurate parameters like thrust and it does not require accurate knowledge of the aircraft like geometry, aerodynamic coefficients, etc. The set of equations is solved by an improved structured nonlinear total least squares method using Monte Carlo method. The method is applied to 120 real flights of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the result shows a good accuracy for some type of flights.

Research Area(s)

  • aircraft mass estimation, quick access recorder, overdetermined linear equations, structured nonlinear total least squares, Monte Carlo method

Citation Format(s)

Aircraft Mass Estimation using Quick Access Recorder Data. / He, Fang; Li, Lishuai; Zhao, Weizun; Xiao, Gang.

2018 IEEE/AIAA 37th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) Proceedings. IEEE, 2018. 8569866 (AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings; Vol. 2018-September).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review