Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Aviation Fuels and Emissions Impact on Sustainability"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
Alternative Aviation Fuels, Emissions, Policy
Project Description:
Aircraft need fuel to transport people and cargo to distant places. Currently, this fuel is distilled from petroleum. To decrease dependence on foreign oil and decrease the effects of price volatility of fuel, many aircraft manufacturers are seeking a drop-in fuel from biological sources. The search for an appropriate fuel must consider the energy, environmental, social and economic sustainability impacts. In this DURI project, students will conduct literature review, compile emission factors, learn about environmental modeling using these factors, use sustainability metrics to compare alternative fuels, and prepare a report.
Expected Student Contributions:
In this DURI project, students will conduct literature review, compile emission factors, learn about environmental modeling using these factors, use sustainability metrics to compare alternative fuels, and prepare a report. This work requires viewpoints from multiple disciplines: engineering, policy, technology, and agriculture.
Related Website(s):
NaTeF at Purdue http://www.tech.purdue.edu/at/natef/ and also our Air Transportation Institute for Environmental Sustainability
Desired Qualifications:
3.0 GPA, sophomore or higher, desire to learn, curiosity and commitment to contribute to the knowledge in alternative fuels. Prefer students with coursework in economics, engineering and technology courses; and interests in policy and technical areas.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
8
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Johnson, Mary
Deptartment/College:
aviation technology

Student Supervisor

Name:
Mary Johnson
Title:
Assoc Prof and Asst Dept Head for Research

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Daphene Koch
Deptartment/College:
BCM/ Technology