TANDEM-QUEUE ALGORITHM FOR AIRPORT USER FLOWS

A method is presented for relating, using simple functional notation, the cumulative arrival patterns of passengers at two successive sets of airport processing components. An algorithm is developed for the simplest case where all passengers go directly from one component to the next. In the algorithm there is provision for superimposing the arrival patterns of passengers of many different flights. The recursive equation of the algorithm is then generalized to accommodate more complex patterns of passenger flow with ancillary activities. A method is developed for estimating the total expected time spent between such processors as a function of the probability that passengers use particular ancillary activities, the associated dwell times at each, and the time spent going between activities. The overall algorithm is analytic and is intended for tying together deterministic queueing models of individual components so that the passenger flow through an entire airport can be analyzed.

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  • Accession Number: 00176661
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM