NCAS Atmospheric Technology

Lead Research Organisation: NERC National Ctr for Atmospheric Sci

Abstract

NCAS science and indeed NERC science supported by NCAS, is increasingly dependent on the deployment of the latest technology for observing the atmosphere, on newly emerging modelling approaches and on integrated analysis of data. The NCAS Technology science programme has been established to address the needs of the community. New sensor technologies promise measurement of a wider range at physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere using lower power and lighter weight instruments. These technological advances enable measurements to be made in more remote locations, for longer periods of time at higher resolution. NCAS has a well-established tradition of technology development but this has tended to be reactive to immediate demands from individual science projects or NCAS services. The recognition of technology as a crucial under-pinning thematic activity within the NERC strategy 2007-2012, Next Generation Science for Planet Earth, presents NCAS with the opportunity to develop a coherent, integrated and longer term strategy for technology development. The identification of this as a separate (but inter-dependent) programme reflects the enhanced priority which NCAS now attaches to the activity. The programme will draw upon the established experience and expertise of NCAS scientists and technologists working in partnership with external organisations.

Publications

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Description This is reported to NERC through regular 6-monthly reporting
Exploitation Route This is reported to NERC through regular 6-monthly reporting
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Construction,Energy,Environment,Transport,Other

 
Description This is reported to NERC through 6 monthly NC reporting.
First Year Of Impact 2006
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Construction,Education,Energy,Environment,Transport,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Title Aerosol Detection 
Description Aerosol detection apparatus comprises an aircraft having a dielectric member, such as a window (10), comprised in the body (12) thereof such that a surface of the dielectric member forms part of the exterior surface of the aircraft. Detection means (16), such as a static monitor is located on the inside of the aircraft and arranged to detect an electric field resulting from polarisation of the dielectric member. The output of the static monitor, or the rate of change thereof, correlates closely to particle density as the aircraft is flown though an aerosol, such as a volcanic ash cloud. The apparatus is simple and relatively inexpensive, and may comprise any general purpose aircraft. Aerosol particles may be detected and mapped using apparatus of the invention more easily and quickly than by use of devices such as optical spectrometers mounted on dedicated research aircraft, or static monitors mounted on the exterior of an aircraft. 
IP Reference 20130193978 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed No
Impact The invention is being further developed for commercial use on passenger aircraft.
 
Title Aerosol Detection 
Description Aerosol detection apparatus comprises an aircraft having a dielectric member, such as a window (10), comprised in the body (12) thereof such that a surface of the dielectric member forms part of the exterior surface of the aircraft. Detection means (16), such as a static monitor is located on the inside of the aircraft and arranged to detect an electric field resulting from polarisation of the dielectric member. The output of the static monitor, or the rate of change thereof, correlates closely to particle density as the aircraft is flown though an aerosol, such as a volcanic ash cloud. The apparatus is simple and relatively inexpensive, and may comprise any general purpose aircraft. Aerosol particles may be detected and mapped using apparatus of the invention more easily and quickly than by use of devices such as optical spectrometers mounted on dedicated research aircraft, or static monitors mounted on the exterior of an aircraft. 
IP Reference CA2812752 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed No
Impact The invention is being further developed for commercial use on passenger aircraft.
 
Title Aerosol Detection 
Description Aerosol detection apparatus comprises an aircraft having a dielectric member, such as a window (10), comprised in the body (12) thereof such that a surface of the dielectric member forms part of the exterior surface of the aircraft. Detection means (16), such as a static monitor is located on the inside of the aircraft and arranged to detect an electric field resulting from polarisation of the dielectric member. The output of the static monitor, or the rate of change thereof, correlates closely to particle density as the aircraft is flown though an aerosol, such as a volcanic ash cloud. The apparatus is simple and relatively inexpensive, and may comprise any general purpose aircraft. Aerosol particles may be detected and mapped using apparatus of the invention more easily and quickly than by use of devices such as optical spectrometers mounted on dedicated research aircraft, or static monitors mounted on the exterior of an aircraft. 
IP Reference EP2622387 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed No
Impact The invention is being developed for commercial use on passenger aircraft
 
Title Aerosol detection 
Description A new technique for detecting volcanic ash outside of an aircraft has been developed. The key discovery is that when an aircraft flies through volcanic ash an electric field is induced within the aircraft cabin. This field can be detected and used to warn of the presence of ash. 
IP Reference WO2012042242 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2012
Licensed No
Impact Prototype ash sensor instruments are flying on Flybe and British Airways aircraft as well as on the NERC FAAM research aircraft