The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is the largest campus-based university in the UK. The recent UK Research Excellence Framework assessment ranked 60% of MMU’s research output as of world leading or internationally excellent quality. MMU has participated in a range of European funded research projects including a number supported by Horizon 2020 and previous Framework Programmes.  The JETSCREEN project will be conducted by researchers from the Centre for Aviation, Transport and the Environment (CATE).  CATE is a part of the Environmental Science Research Centre and is the UK’s leading aviation impacts research centre, investigating the effects of aircraft on the environment, from local impacts to global climate change. CATE members have contributed towards the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Aviation, the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports, the EU transportation assessment project, ATTICA, and provide input to ICAO-CAEP, including the Impacts & Science Group (ISG) and Working Group 3 (WG3) Particulate Matter Task Group (PMTG), Alternative Fuels Task Force (AFTF), and Global Market based measures Task Force (GMTF). The Centre has strong links with aviation stakeholders from across Europe, is the current chair of the ECATS International Association, and regularly delivers training at locations across the globe on behalf of Airports Council International.

Role in the project

CATE has a sizeable measurement, modelling and fundamental research portfolio, investigating many aspects of aviation including alternative fuels, fuel properties, engine exhaust characterization, plume dispersion, contrails, and aviation induced radiative forcing.  Within the JETSCREEN project, CATE will contribute research to the Fit-for-Purpose Properties, and the Emissions work packages. In the former, activities will investigate the potential for fuel-water dissolution in selected fuels and key chemical components of fuel, as well as quantify how fuel-water dissolution is impacted by fuel temperature to develop temperature response functions.  In the later, activities will characterise emission species from the combustion of a selected subset of fuels in an APU gas turbine, and as part of the wider workpackage, will examine interdependancies that relate fuel composition effects to the emissions.  Close focus will be given to the characterisation of speciated NOx,  as well as a range of key Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (analysed off-line) which are considered to be soot precursors and highly toxic. 

Personnel involved

Dr Simon Christie is a senior Research Fellow within CATE.  He has worked on a number of national, international and EU Framework projects such as SWAFEA, ForumAE and ITAKA.  His interests include alternative fuels, fuel properties, and mapping the relation between fuel composition and emissions.  Within the international community he is an active member of ICAO CAEP WG3, contributes to ASTM as well as TRB, and works closely with European colleagues in the ECATS International Association, a network that he now chairs.