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Detection of emission indices of aircraft exhaust compounds by open-path optical methods at airports
Author(s): Gregor Schürmann; Klaus Schäfer; Carsten Jahn; Herbert Hoffmann; Selina Utzig
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Paper Abstract

Air pollutant emission rates of aircrafts are determined with test bed measurements. Regulations exist for CO2, NO, NO2, CO concentrations, the content of total unburned hydrocarbons and the smoke number, a measure of soot. These emission indices are listed for each engine in a data base of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for four different Air pollutant emission rates of aircrafts are determined with test bed measurements. Regulations exist for CO2, NO, NO2, CO concentrations, the content of total unburned hydrocarbons and the smoke number, a measure of soot. These emission indices are listed for each engine in a data base of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for four different thrust levels (Idle, approach, cruise and take-off). It is a common procedure to use this data base as a starting point to estimate aircraft emissions at airports and further on to calculate the contribution of airports on local air quality. The comparison of these indices to real in use measurements therefore is a vital task to test the quality of air quality models at airports. Here a method to determine emission indices is used, where concentration measurements of CO2 together with other pollutants in the aircraft plume are needed. During intensive measurement campaigns at Zurich (ZRH) and Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airports, concentrations of CO2, NO, NO2 and CO were measured. The measurement techniques were Fourier-Transform-Infrared (FTIR) spectrometry and Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS). The big advantage of these methods is that no operations on the airport are influenced during measurement times. Together with detailed observations of taxiway movements, a comparison of emission indices with real in use emissions is possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5979, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X, 59791B (1 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.627931
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Gregor Schürmann, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)
Klaus Schäfer, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)
Carsten Jahn, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)
Herbert Hoffmann, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)
Selina Utzig, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5979:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X
Klaus Schäfer; Adolfo T. Comerón; James R. Slusser; Richard H. Picard; Michel R. Carleer; Nicolaos Sifakis, Editor(s)

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