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Integrated analysis and design environment for a climate compatible air transportation system

Koch, Alexander and Nagel, Björn and Gollnick, Volker and Dahlmann, Katrin and Kärcher, Bernd and Schumann, Ulrich and Grewe, Volker (2009) Integrated analysis and design environment for a climate compatible air transportation system. 9th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (ATIO), 21 - 23 September 2009, South Carolina.

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Aviation affects the Earth’s atmosphere and radiative balance through the emission of greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas precursors, aerosols, contrails and induced cirrus cloudiness. The resulting climate impact is a response of the complex interactions between the amount and type of emitted constituents, their geographical position, altitude and time of emission as well as the actual weather and climate situation. In 2005 aviation accounted for 3.5 % of the global anthropogenic radiative forcing (excluding the impact of contrail cirrus clouds). As the global air traffic is predicted to grow approx. 5% per year, the development of a climate compatible air transport system is of increasing importance for society and science. To achieve this goal, different technological and operational options can be applied to reduce the climate impact by air travel. The range of possibilities is wide, including new propulsion concepts such as open rotors or intercooler recuperative engine cycles, improved combustion chambers for low NOX and soot, novel aircraft configurations such as Blended Wing Bodies, innovative subsystem architectures for minimal engine cycle disturbance through secondary power off take and operational procedures such as multi-step operations and changed cruise altitudes for contrail avoidance. In order to provide a solid basis for decision and policy makers, the remaining uncertainties in climate modeling have to be reduced and the different options and their interrelations have to be assessed in a reliable way. To catch all relevant effects of the coupled disciplines, sophisticated numerical models for climate response, mission calculation, propulsion, aircraft subsystems and overall aircraft design are combined to an integrated simulation and assessment chain. In addition, further efforts are made to reduce remaining uncertainties in modeling emissions and their corresponding climate impact. This complex and multidisciplinary task further requires the contribution of experts from the included areas to ensure a secure evaluation of the obtained results. Here we present such an integrated approach as it is applied within the DLR project Climate compatible Air Transport System (CATS).

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Integrated analysis and design environment for a climate compatible air transportation system
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Koch, AlexanderAlexander.Koch@dlr.de
Nagel, BjörnBjoern.Nagel@dlr.de
Gollnick, VolkerVolker.Gollnick@dlr.de
Dahlmann, KatrinUNSPECIFIED
Schumann, UlrichUNSPECIFIED
Date:21 September 2009
Keywords:CATS, Climate Compatible Air Transport System, Aircraft Design, Climate impact, AirClim
Event Title:9th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (ATIO)
Event Location:South Carolina
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:21 - 23 September 2009
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):L -- no assignement
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen , Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Deposited By: Pier Davide Ciampa
Deposited On:26 Jan 2010 12:25
Last Modified:14 Mar 2013 11:19

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