Travis C Meyer



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Since the late 19th century, Earth’s average temperature has risen approximately 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit. This is in part due to an overall increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping emissions in the atmosphere. If the level of emissions continues to rise at the current rate, we will continue to see the detrimental effects including rising sea levels, an increase in forest fires, and ocean acidification impacting ecosystems and human civilization. As an attempt to mitigate the effects of climate change, the aviation industry is looking towards alternative jet fuels (non-petroleum derived fuels) as a solution. Programs such as the National Jet Fuel Combustion Program (NJFCP) and JET Program are working to improve the commercialization of these alternative jet fuels. Fuel property research would aid NJFCP and JET in accomplishing their missions by increasing their understanding of figures of merit (FOM) in fuel performance, namely lean blowout, high-altitude relight, and cold start ignition due to the fuel properties. Data mining fuel properties such as viscosity and surface tension within a specific temperature range allows these programs to better understand the FOM of the fuel. Ideally, this work would reduce carbon-foot print, support surrogate development, and improve commercialization of alternative jet fuels.

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Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Joshua S. Heyne

Primary Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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Importance of Data Compilation in Regards to Understanding Fuel Property Effects on Gas Turbine Combustor Ignition