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Aircraft exhaust particle measurement with multiple ground-based lidar systems
Author(s): Robert J. DeCoursey; Lamont R. Poole; Chris A. Hostetler; Geoffrey S. Kent; Gary M. Hansen
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Paper Abstract

Recently NASA Langley Research Center's (LaRC) Aerosol Research Branch conducted an aircraft exhaust particle experiment involving tow ground based lidar systems and NASA's B737-100, T39 and OV10 aircraft. The experiment took place at LaRC in February and March of 1996. During flight, exhaust particles exiting the two wing-mounted engines of the B737 become quickly entrained into the aircraft's wingtip vortices. The LaRC lidar systems were used to measure the distribution and optical properties of these exhaust particles as the B737 overflew the lidar facility. Two lidar systems, located in a common facility, were utilized for this experiment. One system was a fixed zenith- viewing lidar with a 48-inch receiver and a 2J transmitter, and the second was a scanning lidar with a 14-inch receiver and a 600 mJ transmitter. Two measurement geometries were employed for the experiment. In the first geometry, the B737 flew upwind of the lidar facility and perpendicular to the ambient wind. The second design had the aircraft fly directly over the facility, and parallel to the ambient wind.Under either scenario data were acquired at 20 and 30 Hertz, by the fixed zenith and scanning system respectively, as the ambient wind carried the vortex pair across the field of view of the lidars. The two supporting aircraft were used to collect in-situ particle data and to measure atmospheric turbulence, respectively. In this paper all aspects of the experiment will be discussed including the lidar systems, the geometry of the experiment, and the aircraft used. Also, selected data obtained during the experiment will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3065, Laser Radar Technology and Applications II, (6 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281005
Show Author Affiliations
Robert J. DeCoursey, Science Applications International Corp. and NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Lamont R. Poole, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Chris A. Hostetler, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Geoffrey S. Kent, Science and Technology Corp. and NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Gary M. Hansen, Science and Technology Corp. and NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3065:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications II
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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