Research Projects

Best Practices for Enhancing Airport Power Supply Resiliency In Reserve

Aviation facilities are vulnerable to incidents on the electricity grid that expose them to power outage. Power outages create significant operational disruptions and they can last several hours (e.g., 2017 ATL 11-hr outage, 2020 Texas outage). Are they best practices (incl. micro-grid explored in ACRP Synthesis 91) that can help increasing power supply resiliency?

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Update to Report 147: Climate Change Adaptation Planning, Risk Assessments for Airports In Reserve

Update to Report 147. The climate data in the ACROS tool is outdated and requires update. The original publication is based on data from prior to 2013; weather and climate data has been continually updated since the original publication was released (which affects the likelihood and severity of various risks in the assessment tool). Additionally, there are more recent examples of airport case studies and best practices.... more »

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Digital Twin for Airports : Why and How? In Reserve

Virtually building a "digital twin" of an airport is becoming increasingly popular by architects and engineers who need to more efficiently plan, design, and build; staff who need to effectively operate and maintain these complex facilities; and managers who constantly need to make informed decisions. The concepts behind a digital twin (e.g. graphical representation of facilities, recording current status of assets, systems... more »

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Best Practices for Implementing Effective Airport Biometrics - A Primer In Reserve

Air traveler volume is rising year over year, placing strain on airport facilities' ability to process passengers efficiently and effectively in an operational footprint constrained by long-term capital investments. Additionally, airports must continuously mitigate against the risk posed by the "insider threat." Biometrics (e.g. fingerprint, facial, iris recognition) have the potential to mitigate these risks, capture... more »

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Update to Report 160: Addressing Significant Weather Impacts on Airports In Reserve

The data in the original report and supporting the tool is from 1990-2000, and airports need guidance and information based on the latest climate data to accurately assess risk and plan mitigation strategies. This research update idea was developed as part of project ACRP 11-02/39, Environmental Products Update and is one of the priorities identified by the research team and through industry outreach.

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Transitioning Airport Central Utility Plants to Electric In Reserve

For airports considering transitioning to electric equipment at Central Utility Plants to meet air quality regulations and sustainability goals, there is a need for a comprehensive evaluation of appropriate alternative technologies (including costs), retrofits needed, and strategies to minimize life cycle costs of new equipment. A model of potential energy, water, and greenhouse gas reductions is also needed to inform... more »

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Catalyzing airport-based carbon solutions In Reserve

Airport can support carbon reduction projects that support either aircraft fuel burn reduction or site-related emissions. This revenue could generate funding for airports and shift resources that are going to non-aviation carbon options.

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Create, Host, and Maintain Airport Emergency Planning Template Website In Reserve

Convert an already-developed tool for preparing NIMS/ICS compliant airport emergency plans (AEPs) to a web-based product and to host and maintain the tool/website for 3 years.

Requested Allocation (For ACRP Use Only) $190,000

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Development of a Predictive Model of Jet Blast Exposure In Reserve

The goal of this research idea is to develop a predictive model of jet blast exposure based on local parameters (taxiway slope, operating conditions, aircraft operator practices, temperature, types of aircraft, etc.). This model will be based on jet blast measurements performed at various airports of different size and traffic in the U.S.

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A framework for Airport Evacuation: Assessment of Landside Capacity Using Micro-Meso Simulation Model In Reserve

Safe and rapid evacuation of passengers from an airport to a vantage locations is critical in the aftermath of an emergency event, which includes acts of terrorism, fire, earthquakes, tornado outbreak, power outrage, or bomb threat. Based on the severity of the crisis situation it may not be enough to evacuate the passengers from the airport, but also to make a safe passage from the airport to their final or intermediate... more »

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Emerging Ground Access Technologies at Airports: A Primer In Reserve

New ways to ride from/to the airport are emerging: micromobility, autonomous and connected vehicles, electric vehicles, Hyperloop, underground electric skates, urban air mobility, etc. Old ways are being recycled and improved, such as (but not limited to) bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail, high speed rail (e.g., Brigthline station at MCO), etc.

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Planning standards for Autonomous Vehicles on Landside Ground Operations In Reserve

Autonomous vehicles (AV)s are soon to be in the traffic mix at airports nationwide dropping-off and picking up passengers. While us "humans" drive through crowded roads and can find the smallest place by the curb to stop and drop-off and pick up pax, can an AV do it?

Do AVs need to have a specific amount of curb space before it pulls in and out?

Do the curb spaces need to communicate with the AVs to indicate spaces... more »

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Assessing the effectiveness of airport services/programs for passengers with disabilities In Reserve

Although many airports are offering services, programs and amenities along with innovative design and technological development to optimize access and mobility of passengers with disabilities and aging travelers, there is no systematic assessment of the effectiveness of these services and programs. Empirical evidence about the cost and benefits of these programs are needed for further and wider implementation of services... more »