Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research: Reducing Global Carbon Emissions

The primary human activities that release carbon dioxide (CO₂) into the atmosphere are the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) to generate electricity, the provision of energy for transportation, and as a consequence of some industrial processes. Although aviation CO₂ emissions only make up approximately 2.0 to 2.5 percent of total global annual CO₂ emissions, research to reduce CO₂ emissions is urgent because (1) such reductions may be legislated even as commercial air travel grows, (2) because it takes new technology a long time to propagate into and through the aviation fleet, and (3) because of the ongoing impact of global CO₂ emissions. This book develops a national research agenda for reducing CO₂ emissions from commercial aviation. This report focuses on propulsion and energy technologies for reducing carbon emissions from large, commercial aircraft— single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft that carry 100 or more passengers—because such aircraft account for more than 90 percent of global emissions from commercial aircraft. Moreover, while smaller aircraft also emit CO₂, they make only a minor contribution to global emissions, and many technologies that reduce CO₂ emissions for large aircraft also apply to smaller aircraft. As commercial aviation continues to grow in terms of revenue-passenger miles and cargo ton miles, CO₂ emissions are expected to increase. To reduce the contribution of aviation to climate change, it is essential to improve the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to reduce emissions and initiate research into new approaches. Chapters include: Aircraft Propulsion Integration, Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines, Electric Propulsion, and Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 137p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01601199
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309440967
  • Contract Numbers: NNH11CD57B
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2016 11:10AM