Aerodyne Research and Air Force Small Business Innovation Research Videos

Tuesday 1st of August 2017 01:06:00 PM

The following videos have been added to the Aerodyne Research Youtube Channel at

Seeding The Future: Aerodyne Research, Inc.

With assistance from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program, Aerodyne Research, a small business located in Boston, Massachusetts, developed a means of providing a measurement of the amount of soot coming out of the back of an aircraft engine as a function of the amount of the fuel burned. The business anticipates sales of the technology to aircraft manufacturers with a need to ensure their engines meet any regulatory requirements.

According to Aerodyne, the business owes a heavy debt to the SBIR program in that the business would not have been able to make all the changes required to develop the technology without the support of the program. Additionally, half of Aerodyne’s revenues come from instruments sales, many of which have been developed over the years with SBIR funding.


Measuring Particles In Turbine Engine Exhaust

Exhaust that results from operating aircraft engines is troublesome for a number of reasons. Particles existing in the exhaust plume are small and are easily trapped in your lungs, which can have a health affect. Additionally, when aircraft are flying through the atmosphere it creates contrails. Contrails are mainly water vapor that attribute to cloud formations and to the radiation balance of the earth.

With support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research Program two small businesses have developed technologies to measure particles in turbine engine exhausts. The International Civil Aviation Organization will be levying regulations on commercial engines to prove that they meet these regulations and all the engine manufactures will have to make turbine engine exhaust measurements to meet emerging requirements.
The SAE E-31 committee identified several technologies that could potentially be used to measure turbine engine exhausts. Leaders in developing those techniques included Artium Technologies, developing the laser induced incandescence technique, and Aerodyne Research doing extension and scattering techniques with their SCOP system.