OPTIMUM GEOMETRIES FOR PIER-TYPE AIRPORT TERMINALS

In this study, which is an extension of an earlier study, two different types of transferring pasengers, hub and nonhub, are considered. Hub transfers are further divided into two groups in order to accommodate different levels of hub and spoke operations. The terminal geometry, the number of piers, and the number of gates in each pier (or pier lengths), which minimizes the mean mandatory walking distance of arriving, departing and transferring passengers within the terminal, are determined for major pier-finger configurations. Even though there is no closed-form solution for the number of piers that minimize the mean walking distance it is possible to determine anaytycally the lower and the upper bounds for the optimum number of piers. The actual optimum geometry can be obtained by comparing the mean walking distances for terminals with pier number between the two extreme values.

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  • Accession Number: 00620831
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM