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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 505794, 8 pages
Research Article

Capacity Analysis for Parallel Runway through Agent-Based Simulation

1School of Computer Science and Technology, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300191, China
2Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300, China

Received 28 March 2013; Revised 18 June 2013; Accepted 18 June 2013

Academic Editor: Ming Cao

Copyright © 2013 Yang Peng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Parallel runway is the mainstream structure of China hub airport, runway is often the bottleneck of an airport, and the evaluation of its capacity is of great importance to airport management. This study outlines a model, multiagent architecture, implementation approach, and software prototype of a simulation system for evaluating runway capacity. Agent Unified Modeling Language (AUML) is applied to illustrate the inbound and departing procedure of planes and design the agent-based model. The model is evaluated experimentally, and the quality is studied in comparison with models, created by SIMMOD and Arena. The results seem to be highly efficient, so the method can be applied to parallel runway capacity evaluation and the model propose favorable flexibility and extensibility.