Section activity has been attending, hosting and in one case by summarizing one of them. It hopes to provide significant information to its members, especially in understanding future career opportunities. The survey by Allison Tsay is a good starting point. Albert Moussa's planned panel is an important next step.
More information which we have yet to tap will be found at the AIAA Green Engineering Integration Committee (GEIC). Its purpose "is to promote a holistic, systems approach to improved energy efficiency, sustainability, renewable energy and 'cradle-to-grave' design. GEIC serves as the AIAA focal point for all "green" aerospace-related programs and technologies and works synergistically with the appropriate technical committees to assure that the AIAA membership is adequately informed about all aspects of this critical aerospace activity." Future efforts could also be to survey the literature and sites like OpenCourseWare.
1 Last September, Council members Gary Wolfe, Umanga Balasuriya and Allison Tsay surveyed three aspects of activity in Green Engineering: AIAA activity; a new corporate member in the section, Skai Corporation in Hopkinton, MA; and H2 fuel cell development.
AIAA Webinars and Short Courses were described. The Jan 9, 2020 SciTech Forum 360 Webinar on "The Next Challenge for Aerospace: Global Climate Change" with John Tylko, Professors James Anderson, John Hansman and Philippe Bonnefoy and Paula Bontempi was particularly interesting.
Wednesday Afternoon Special Session - Engineering Apollo: Flight Simulation
From Skai.co, "Skai is a radically simple air mobility system designed to go from A to Anywhere. It is the first hydrogen powered eVTOL vehicle and service. Skai uses an energy source that's truly clean from end to end. It eliminates complexity for the most reliable and safe solution. Skai provides everyday transportation that is accessible to everyone. Skai is a pioneer in the air mobility sector based in Hopkinton, MA. Their vision is to make air mobility an everyday option for millions of people while minimizing the environmental impact. Its specs call for 3 hydrogen fuel cells and six rotor propulsion system having a range up to 2 hours, ~150 miles and speeds of 85-115 MPH. It will seat up to five passengers. Much more detailed information is on the web site.
The team found references to several H2 powered aircraft: Boeing's Phantom Eye in 2010, University of Ulm's HY-4 in 2016, the NASA-funded Cheeta in 2016, and the ZeroAvia Hyflyer after that.
2 The section sponsored Allison Tsay to take an AIAA Short Course "Introduction to Sustainable Aviation" in October by Professor Martin Bradley from USC. See her 37-chart documentation of that event.
3 The Section held a widely attended Section Webinar by Skai's Dr Bruce Holmes on "Hydrogen for Aviation" in December.
AIAA Webinar - Hydrogen for Aviation by Dr. Bruce Holmes
4 We publicized the Feb 8th AIAA Webinar with Dr. Holmes, Arjan Hegeman of GE Aviation, and Amanda Simpson of Airbus. They described their activities in Sustainable Aviation: "Sustainability in Flight – Our Journey to Decarbonization"
Welcome! You are invited to register for a recording.
5 We publicized the Feb 27th AIAA Los Angeles Section mini-Conference "Current Topics in Sustainable Aviation, including Biofuels/Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Hydrogen and Electric Aircraft" has Dr. Marty Bradley, Dr. Bruce Holmes, and other Sustainable Aviation rockstars.
(February 27, 2021) AIAA LA-LV Sustainable Aviation mini-Conference 2021
Steven Csonka's slides are posted here
(February 27, 2021) AIAA LA-LV Sustainable Aviation mini-Conference 2021 (also AIAA LA-LV Engineers Week)
6 Pratt & Whitney recently won a $2.6M DARPA award – see docx
Award announcement by Raytheon: "Ammonia could fuel the future of sustainable flight. The Raytheon Technologies Research Center is developing a carbon-free propulsion system through the U.S. Department of Energy"
Ammonia could fuel the future of sustainable flight
Note that they just had another ammonia spill at their plant.
7 An upcoming zoom on May 20th includes H2 fuels:
CASI / IASC - Insights into Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft Design with Dr. Rafi Yoeli
Check out this documentary by NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race (Original post by Charlie Wilson): https://www.wgbh.org/program/nova/great-electric-airplane-race.
A very insightful and excellent overview of nascent work in the electrification of aviation.
Three impacts of current aviation are discussed:
It ties nicely to AIAA-NE efforts in increasing the awareness of the sustainable aviation technology effort (see the previous post).