This archive was established as part of the FAA Center of Excellence ASCENT as a foundational database for development and integration of current and newly emerging alternative jet fuels by integrating all pre-existing jet fuel relevant test data into a common archive which can provide guidelines for design and certification of new jet fuels in our future as well as steer federal policy.
In the near term, the effort will focus on integration and analysis of pre-existing jet fuel test data from various government agencies and individual research groups with oversight from federal agencies such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the long run, we hope that the database will act as ‘the comprehensive and centralized knowledgebase’ shared by the academic, government, and industrial communities in fuels research and policy, possibly facilitated on a cyber-based infrastructure.
The vision is to institute a database that can be utilized for the design and optimization of new propulsion and energy systems including development of next-generation engines, fuel delivery systems, as well as pollution mitigation technologies. Furthermore, it can provide data for screening and certification of newly emerging fuels and thereby impacting legislative measures and national policy. With prolific diversification of new jet fuels in our future, an effort to integrate dispersed information would be critical in providing the FAA with an overview of the latest developments and to support many other tangential fields of research impacted by integration of new alternative jet fuels.