Project 14 - Environmental Design Space

Existing aircraft noise and aviation emissions analytical tools cannot effectively assess interdependencies between noise and emissions, or analyze the cost-benefit of proposed mitigation actions. Accordingly, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Office of Environment and Energy is developing a comprehensive suite of software tools that will allow for the thorough assessment of the environmental effects of aviation. Transport Canada and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are collaborating with the FAA in those elements of the development effort undertaken by PARTNER. The main goal of the effort is to develop a new, critically needed capability to assess the interdependencies among aviation-related noise, emissions, and associated environmental impact and cost valuations, including cost-benefit analyses. A building block of this suite of software tools, which provides an integrated analysis of noise and emissions at the aircraft level, is the Environmental Design Space (EDS), under development by PARTNER. EDS can provide a capability to estimate source noise, exhaust emissions, and performance for potential future aircraft designs under different policy and technological scenarios. The capability will allow for assessments of interdependencies. In addition, once EDS is connected to the Aviation Environmental Portfolio Management Tool and the Aviation Environmental Design Tool, the combined environment will be able to assess operational, policy, and market scenarios. While the primary EDS focus is future aircraft designs (which includes technology modifications to existing aircraft), the tool will also be capable of analyzing existing aircraft designs (current technology levels) under different scenarios when there is a need to simulate existing aircraft in a higher fidelity than is possible using existing noise and emissions tools. Capturing high-level technology trends will provide a capability for assessment of benefits and impacts. EDS is currently used by all U.S. aeronautical research and development (R&D) programs to assess the technology investment impacts for each program's goal set and also fleet-wide impacts of noise, NOx, and fuel burn: FAA's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program, NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation project, and NASA's Fixed Wing project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $3450000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Grant 10877977

    Grant 11093564

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Hileman, James

    Maurice, Lourdes

  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Tech University, Cambridge

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Waitz, Ian

  • Start Date: 20120510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30530

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  • Accession Number: 01572249
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: Grant 10877977, Grant 11093564
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2015 1:01AM