Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Assessing Aircraft Supply Air to Recommend Compounds for Timely Warning of Contamination
by Fox, Richard B., Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2012, 148; 3515323
Abstract (Summary)

Taking aircraft out of service for even one day to correct fume-in-cabin events can cost the industry roughly $630 million per year in lost revenue. The quantitative correlation study investigated quantitative relationships between measured concentrations of contaminants in bleed air and probability of odor detectability. Data were collected from 94 aircraft engine and auxiliary power unit (APU) bleed air tests from an archival data set between 1997 and 2011, and no relationships were found. Pearson correlation was followed by regression analysis for individual contaminants. Significant relationships of concentrations of compounds in bleed air to probability of odor detectability were found (p<0.05), as well as between compound concentration and probability of sensory irritancy detectability. Study results may be useful to establish early warning levels. Predictive trend monitoring, a method to identify potential pending failure modes within a mechanical system, may influence scheduled down-time for maintenance as a planned event, rather than repair after a mechanical failure and thereby reduce operational costs associated with odor-in-cabin events. Twenty compounds (independent variables) were found statistically significant as related to probability of odor detectability (dependent variable 1). Seventeen compounds (independent variables) were found statistically significant as related to probability of sensory irritancy detectability (dependent variable 2). Additional research was recommended to further investigate relationships between concentrations of contaminants and probability of odor detectability or probability of sensory irritancy detectability for all turbine oil brands. Further research on implementation of predictive trend monitoring may be warranted to demonstrate how the monitoring process might be applied to in-flight application.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Throne, Robin
School: Northcentral University
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational health, Toxicology, Surgery, Aerospace engineering
Keywords: Aerotoxic, Aircraft supply air, Bleed air, Odor detectability, Odor mixture, Sensory irritancy, Triorthocresyl phosphate
Publication Number: 3515323
ISBN: 978-1-267-41409-0
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