JANUARY 2013 — At a March 1, 2013 symposium, PARTNER project investigators and managers will detail the consortium's 10 years of researching aviation's environmental impact. The day-long symposium will be held at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa California and is open to the public. PARTNER's university collaborators have participated in nearly 50 projects examining aviation emissions, alternative fuels, noise, operations, aircraft technologies, and policies. At the symposium, the researchers will discuss the projects and the outcomes. -more-
NOVEMBER 2012 — Open-rotor Noise Impact on Airport Communities has been posted to the PARTNER website where it may be downloaded. The document is the final report for Project 35, which is now complete. Project 35 researched an assessment of metrics for turbofan and open rotor engines. The variation among metrics was used to quantify the impact of metric selection for engine architectures. The report was completed in 2011, but the review of results was only recently completed.
NOVEMBER 2012 — As part of its tool development effort, the FAA Office of Environment and Energy leads research analyses of policy outcomes to uncertainties in input parameters and assumptions of different tools. PARTNER Project 48, Development Of A Distributed Approach To System Level Uncertainty Quantification, will develop an approach to perform a system-level uncertainty quantification analysis. This system-level assessment will quantify how input uncertainties propagate through a system comprising multiple modeling components. Specifically, researchers are interested in quantifying how uncertainties at the aircraft design level propagate through the Environmental Toolsuite and contribute to uncertainty in overall policy outcomes.
MIT's Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment will conduct the research under lead investigator Professor Karen Willcox. Rhett Jefferies will manage the project for the FAA.