16.715 Aerospace, Energy, and the Environment

Class Info

Addresses energy and environmental challenges facing aerospace in the 21st century. Topics include: aircraft performance and energy requirements, propulsion technologies, jet fuels and alternative fuels, lifecycle assessment of fuels, combustion, emissions, climate change due to aviation, aircraft contrails, air pollution impacts of aviation, impacts of supersonic aircraft, and aviation noise. Includes an in-depth introduction to the relevant atmospheric and combustion physics and chemistry with no prior knowledge assumed. Discussion and analysis of near-term technological, fuel-based, regulatory and operational mitigation options for aviation, and longer-term technical possibilities.

This class has 3.091, 5.111, 1.060B, 2.006, 10.301, 16.003, and 16.004 as prerequisites.

16.715 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by S. Barrett.

Lecture occurs 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 33-419.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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