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Measuring Pollution from Aircraft Engines

UCR Researcher part of a team that develops way to examine pollutants going into the atmosphere from military, commercial jets

(July 31, 2007)

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Wayne Miller

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A UC Riverside researcher helped developed a test that allows scientists, for the first time, to accurately gauge the contribution of jet aircraft particulate emissions to global climate change.

The team effort earned a 2007 Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Wayne Miller, a researcher at the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology, was one member of the Joint Strike Fighter Test and Data Quality Assurance Team.

Other members were Steven Hartle (Naval Air Systems Command), Robert Howard (Arnold Engineering Development Center), Curtis Kimbel (Naval Air Systems Command), John Kinsey (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Richard Miake-Lye (Aerodyne Research), Chowen Wey (NASA), and Phillip Whitefield (University of Missouri at Rolla).

Together, over the course of several years, they developed a new test methodology to quickly, accurately and economically measure particulate matter (PM) emissions from aircraft gas turbine engines, whether for military or commercial use.

The process significantly reduces engine run times, lowers greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions during testing, and cuts the overall cost of engine testing by over $1,000,000 per aircraft engine.

The project is especially important because emissions at that altitude can impact climate change.

In 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Climate Protection Awards to recognize exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, and technical achievements in climate protection.

More details are available on the U.S. EPA Website:
http://www.epa.gov/cpd/awards/2007winners.html
UCR's Wayne Miller is on the far right of this photo of all the award winners. <br />
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Other members were Steven Hartle (Naval Air Systems Command), Robert Howard (Arnold Engineering Development Center), Curtis Kimbel (Naval Air Systems Command), John Kinsey (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Richard Miake-Lye (Aerodyne Research), Chowen Wey (NASA), and Phillip Whitefield (University of Missouri at Rolla). Enlarge

UCR's Wayne Miller is on the far right of this photo of all the award winners.

Other members were Steven Hartle (Naval Air Systems Command), Robert Howard (Arnold Engineering Development Center), Curtis Kimbel (Naval Air Systems Command), John Kinsey (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Richard Miake-Lye (Aerodyne Research), Chowen Wey (NASA), and Phillip Whitefield (University of Missouri at Rolla).

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