Simulating the evacuation of a commercial airliner

C.R. Robbins, S. McKee

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The discrete element method is modified so as to simulate the movement of passengers evacuating an aircraft. The results display reasonable agreement with timed trials. However, by focusing on the 1985 Manchester air disaster where only some of the exits could be opened and only then a considerable time after landing, it is argued that the certification procedures are inadequate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-328
Number of pages5
JournalAeronautical Journal
Issue number1048
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • air transportation
  • passenger transportation
  • simulation
  • person evacuation
  • aircraft
  • airplane
  • construction parameter
  • traffic accident
  • requirement
  • certification
  • discrete element method


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