A simulation of aircraft fuel management system

Juan F. Jimenez, Jose M. Giron-Sierra*, Carlos C Insaurralde, Miguel A. Seminario

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Aircrafts usually have several fuel tanks, and there are fuel transfers among these tanks along a flight. These transfers are controlled with valves, and may follow several alternative paths, since structural fuel system redundancies are provided for evident reasons. An on board program for the management and reconfiguration of the fuel system must be developed and tested. The article introduces an aircraft fuel management system simulation, which provides a platform for the study of the fuel system logic and sequencing that the on board program must implement for normal flights and for malfunction cases. The simulation environment can be easily modified and extended, for instance to consider the use of new components. A specific example is considered: an aircraft with six tanks in the wings and a tail tank. The article presents a two-layer model, the use of the model for simulation experiments, and some illustrative examples. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-564
Number of pages21
JournalSimulation Modelling Practice and Theory
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • aircraft fuel systems
  • control reconfiguration
  • hybrid system simulation


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