Special Issue "Climate Impact of Aviation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2023 | Viewed by 4461
This Special Issue is devoted to research on the climate impact of aviation. It provides a publication framework for applied studies combining various disciplines to investigate how the future climate is affected by developments in air transportation. Such developments could, for example, be based on forecasts on the growth in air travel demand and flight movements including projected route network changes in the future as well as technology improvement scenarios. Detailed impact assessment of new overall aircraft designs and technologies including aircraft subsystems as well as new propulsion concepts and alternative energy carriers also perfectly fit within the scope of this Special Issue. Similarly, studies on new operational measures and policy-driven approaches or market-based measures are welcome. Papers in this Special Issue should include quantitative climate impact assessments including the non-CO2 effects of aviation (e.g. caused by emissions of nitrogen oxides or the formation of contrail cirrus). Submitted papers should be interdisciplinary and include elements from atmospheric physics/chemistry on the one hand and aviation-related subjects from, for example, aeronautical engineering, aviation management or operations research on the other. While the focus should be on the application of established methods, particular enhancements of existing methodologies or new methods tailored to enable the assessment of aviation’s climate impact could also be addressed in papers in this Special Issue.
In this Special Issue, we invite submissions exploring cutting-edge research and recent advances in our understanding of the Climate Impact of Aviation. Both theoretical and experimental studies are welcome, as well as comprehensive review and survey papers.
Dr. Florian Linke
Manuscript Submission Information
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- climate impact
- impact assessment
- gaseous emissions
- mitigation measures
- non-CO2 effects
- contrail cirrus
- aircraft technology
- sustainable aviation fuel
- flight operations
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: The Water-Enhanced Turbofan as Enabler for a Climate-Friendly Aviation
Authors: Sascha Kaiser; Oliver Schmitz; Paul Ziegler; Hermann Klingels
Affiliation: MTU Aero Engines AG, Dachauer Str. 665, 80995 Munich, Germany
Abstract: A significant part of the current aviation climate impact is caused by non-carbon-dioxide emis-sions, mainly nitrogen oxides (NOx) and contrails. It is therefore important to have a holistic view on climate metrics. Today’s conventional but already well-developed aero-engines based on the Joule-/Brayton cycle leave only little room for improvement in climate impact. The revolutionary Water-Enhanced Turbofan (WET) concept represents a technical step change addressing all rele-vant emissions by implementing the Cheng cycle, which combines the gas turbine cycle with a Clausius-Rankine steam cycle. This paper builds upon previous publications about the WET con-cept and outlines the evolution since then. Promising WET configurations are evaluated regarding their ability to reduce global warming potential compared to an evolutionarily advanced turbofan engine. A quantitative approach to estimate reduction of NOx emissions through steam injection is presented. Ongoing scientific activities including experiments are presented and an outlook on upcoming steps is given.