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NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project Develops Next-Generation Low-Emissions Combustor Technologies (Phase I)

Clarence T Chang1, Chi-Ming Lee1*, John T Herbon2 and Stephen K Kramer3
1NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135, USA
2General Electric Company, Cincinnati, OH 45215, USA
3Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, CT 06108, USA
*Corresponding Author : Chi-Ming Lee
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH 44135, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received June 15, 2013; Accepted August 14, 2013; Published August 21, 2013
Citation: Chang CT, Lee CM, Herbon JT, Kramer SK (2013) NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project Develops Next-Generation Low-Emissions Combustor Technologies (Phase I). J Aeronaut Aerospace Eng 2:116. doi: 10.4172/2168-9792.1000116
Copyright: © 2013 Chang CT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project is working with industry to develop the fuel flexible combustor technologies for a new generation of low-emissions engine targeted for the 2020 timeframe. These new combustors will reduce Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions to half of current state-of-the-art (SOA) combustors, while simultaneously reducing noise and fuel burn. The purpose of the low NOx fuel-flexible combustor research is to advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and Integration Readiness Level (IRL) of a low NOx, fuel flexible combustor to the point where it can be integrated in the next generation of aircraft. To reduce project risk and optimize research benefit NASA chose to found two Phase 1 contracts. The first Phase 1 contracts went to engine manufactures and were awarded to: General Electric Company, and Pratt & Whitney Company. The second Phase 1 contracts went to fuel injector manufactures Goodrich Corporation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Woodward Fuel System Technology. In 2012, two sector combustors were tested at NASA’s ASCR. The results indicated 75% NOx emission reduction below the 2004 CAEP/6 regulation level.

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