Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"General Aviation Emissions and LTO Cycles"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Aviation emissions modeling and data analysis
Project Description:
Emissions from aircraft are modeled using many factors. One of these factors is the landing/takeoff cycle (LTO). For each phase in the LTO cycle, we need engine parameters, aircraft parameters, and duration. In this project, students will help develop an LTO cycle for general aviation aircraft, compare it to a standard LTO cycle, and compare emissions dispersion model outputs for the LTO cycles.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will develop a set of parameters describing each phase of flight in terms of the data collected on our training aircraft. The intern will then access our database of flight data to characterize each phase in the LTO. The student will also collect observational data at our airport. The student will input data into an emissions modeling software and compare the outputs from the different LTO cycles.
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Desired Qualifications:
An interest in data analysis is required. Experience in databases is preferred. Sophomores through seniors are welcome to apply. Aviation experience is not necessary; aviation interest is desired. A curious mind, a good attitude, and persitence are preferred.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Johnson, Mary
aviation technology

Student Supervisor

Mary Johnson
Assoc Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Daphene Koch