ICAO Aircraft Engine Emissions Databank

Contents

Data Sources

This Databank contains information on exhaust emissions of only those aircraft engines that have entered production. The information was provided by engine manufacturers, who are solely responsible for its accuracy. It was collected in the course of the work carried out by the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) but has not been independently verified unless indicated. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is hosting this Databank on behalf of ICAO and is not responsible for the contents.

Background

Standards limiting the emissions of smoke, unburnt hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from turbojet and turbofan aircraft engines are contained in Annex 16 Volume II (Third Edition, July 2008, plus amendments) [Reference 1] to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The Annex also contains approved test and measurement procedures.
With respect to subsonic applications, the provisions of the Standards for smoke apply to engines whose date of manufacture is on or after 1 January 1983. For the gaseous emissions, the Standards apply only to engines whose rated output is greater than 26.7 kN. For hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, they apply to engines whose date of manufacture is on or after 1 January 1986. For oxides of nitrogen, the Standards have several levels of stringency depending on the date of manufacture of the engine. These Standards are summarized in Section 7.
This Databank contains information on exhaust emissions of only those engines that have entered production, irrespective of the numbers actually produced. It has been compiled mainly from information supplied for newly certified engines. However, for some engines, the data has been revised to reflect evidence from subsequent engine tests. It also includes data on older engines which did not have to comply with the emissions standards and some data from a very limited number of in-service engines measured before or after overhaul.
The original version was published as a printed document [Reference 2]. All subsequent updates have been electronic.

Update procedure of the Databank

All data contained in this databank was voluntarily submitted by the engine manufacturers.

Engine manufacturers submit their data to the primary certificating authority (CA) for approval as part of the certification process. Once the data is approved by the relevant CA the manufacturer will submit the data to the host of the ICAO Engine Emissions Databank. The data format for submitting data will be provided by the host of the databank (Data template sheet in Excel). The primary certification authority is responsible to verify that the data submitted to the databank is in conformity with the approved data from certification.

Any data submitted to the databank will be checked for consistency and format before it will be added and published with the next revision of the databank. The frequency of updating the database depends on the availability of new data but is aimed to be at least once a year.

Any new entries intended for publication in the next revision of the databank will be also be provided to the next meeting of ICAO CAEP Working Group 3 for information.

All users of the Databank are encouraged to report any issues with this database to the functional mailbox .

Revision of data

The electronic version of the Databank is updated at periodic intervals. New data are included for:

  1. engines certificated since the last issue of the data bank;
  2. engines already certificated for which data were not previously available; or
  3. engines already certificated and listed in the Databank for which:
    1. emissions data have been recalculated as a result of a better definition of engine performance characteristics with continuing production of an engine type;
    2. component design changes have been introduced which affect the emissions levels, e.g. new combustor design; or
    3. improvements in emissions measurement techniques have resulted in changes to the emissions data.

Data will not be removed from the Databank. Where data is superseded the row is marked to indicate that this data should not be used, and the newer data to be used instead is specified. Data is also marked where an engine is no longer in service, and where an engine is no longer in production.
The Record of Changes documents the history of revisions, and the date of latest review.

Contacts

New data should be submitted to the Environmental Protection Section of the EASA Certification Directorate
Email:
emissions [dot] databank [at] easa [dot] europa [dot] eu
Comments and queries concerning this electronic version of the database should also be sent to the above e-mail address.

Use of the Databank

The user of the Databank should note the limitations in the emissions data; i.e.:

  1. The Dp/Foo values are based on an idealized Landing/Take-Off (LTO) cycle in International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) conditions. In assessing, for example, total aircraft emissions at a specific airport, consideration must be given to the appropriateness of the prescribed thrusts, the times in mode and the reference conditions.
  2. The LTO cycle only assesses the emissions below 915 m (3 000 ft) and therefore may not be a good guide for comparing the emissions of different engines in other flight modes, e.g. cruise.

Definitions

By-pass ratio:
The ratio of the air mass flow through the by-pass ducts of a gas turbine engine to the air mass flow through the engine core, calculated at maximum thrust when the engine is stationary in an international standard atmosphere at sea level.

Characteristic level:
The characteristic level of a gaseous pollutant or smoke is the mean Dp/Foo or SN value of a species, for all the engines tested, measured and corrected to the reference standard engine and reference atmospheric conditions, divided by a coefficient corresponding to the number of engines tested. The procedure and coefficients are given in Annex 16, Volume II. This is in recognition that at the certification stage there are usually not many engines to production standard available for testing, so the manufacturer is allowed to select any number of engines, including a single engine if so desired, for testing. Statistically derived coefficients, corresponding to the number of engines tested, are then applied to ensure a high confidence that the mean of the anticipated total engine production will not exceed the regulatory level. The procedure and coefficients are given in Annex 16 Volume II, Appendix 6.

Data Status:
This has been grouped into three categories:

  1. Pre-regulation: Data obtained on engines generally prior to the promulgation of the Standards of Annex 16, Volume II, and for which the manufacturer was not required to apply for emissions certification.
  2. Certification: Data which have been submitted for certification approval after the applicability dates or which have been obtained at an earlier date, generally after the promulgation of the Standards of Annex 16. Volume II, with the intention of gaining approval.
  3. Revised: Existing data which have been modified, as noted in paragraph c) under REVISION OF DATA above, and which do not require the engine to be re-certificated.
  4. Dp/Foo: The mass, in grams (Dp), of any pollutant emitted during the reference landing and take-off (LTO) cycle, divided by the rated output (Foo) of the engine.
  5. Emissions index (EI): The mass of pollutant (CO, HC or NOx), in grams, divided by the mass of fuel used in kilograms.

Fuel:
The fuel used is aviation kerosene as specified in Annex 16, Volume II, Appendix 4.
Hydrocarbons (HC): The total of hydrocarbon compounds of all classes and molecular weights contained in a gas sample, calculated as if they were in the form of methane.

International Standard Atmosphere (ISA):
The atmosphere defined in the Manual of the ICAO Standard Atmosphere (Doc 7488). These are the atmospheric conditions to which all engine performance data should be corrected.

LTO cycle:
The reference emissions LTO cycle defines the thrust settings to be used when making emissions and smoke measurements and the time to be used for each mode in the subsequent calculations of Dp. These thrust settings and times are listed in Annex 16, Volume II, Part III, Chapter 2 (engines for subsonic propulsion).

Oxides of nitrogen (NOx):
The sum of the amounts of the nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide contained in a gas sample calculated as if the nitric oxide were in the form of nitrogen dioxide.

Pressure ratio (πoo):
The ratio of the mean total pressure at the last compressor discharge plane of the compressor to the mean total pressure at the compressor entry plane when the engine is developing take-off thrust rating in ISA sea level static conditions.

Rated output (Foo):
The maximum thrust available for take-off under normal operating conditions at ISA sea level static conditions without the use of water injection as approved by the certificating authority. Thrust is expressed in kilonewtons.

Reference Atmospheric Conditions:
The atmospheric conditions to which all emissions results should be corrected. The reference atmospheric conditions are ISA at sea level except that the reference absolute humidity shall be 0.00634 kg water/kg dry air.

Regulatory Level:
The level below which the characteristic Dp/Foo or Smoke Number value for a pollutant species must fall in order to obtain certification approval. The regulatory levels reproduced from Annex 16, Volume II, Part III, Chapters 2 (subsonic engines) are given below in Section 7.

Smoke Number (SN):
The dimensionless term quantifying smoke emissions. Smoke Number is calculated from the reflectance of a filter paper measured before and after the passage of a known volume of a smoke-bearing sample.

Regulatory standards

These applicability requirements and regulatory levels are those found in Annex 16, Volume II, Part III, Chapter 2 (subsonic engines) and are included for reference purposes only.

Smoke
Applicability
The regulatory levels are applicable to engines whose date of manufacture is on or after 1 January 1983.
Regulatory smoke number
The characteristic level of the smoke number at any thrust setting, measured in accordance with Annex 16, Volume II, must not exceed 83.6 (Foo)-0.274 or a value of 50, whichever is lower.
Gaseous emissions
Applicability
The regulatory levels apply to engines whose rated output is greater than 26.7kN and whose date of manufacture is on or after 1 January 1986 and as further specified for oxides of nitrogen.
Regulatory levels
The characteristic levels of the gaseous emissions measured over the LTO cycle in accordance with Annex 16, Volume II, must not exceed the following regulatory levels:
Hydrocarbons (HC): Dp/Foo = 19.6
Carbon monoxide (CO): Dp/Foo = 118
Oxides of nitrogen (NOx):

  1. for engines of a type or model of which the date of manufacture of the first individual production model was before 1 January 1996 and for which the date of manufacture of the individual engine was before 1 January 2000:
    Dp/Foo = 40 + 2πoo
  2. for engines of a type or model of which the date of manufacture of the first individual production model was on or after 1 January 1996 or for which the date of manufacture of the individual engine was on or after 1 January 2000:
    Dp/Foo = 32 + 1.6πoo
  3. for engines of a type or model of which the date of manufacture of the first individual production model was on or after 1 January 2004:
    1. for engines with a pressure ratio of 30 or less:
      1. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 19 + 1.6πoo
      2. ii. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 26.7 kN but not more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo =37.572 + 1.6πoo- 0.2087Foo
    2. for engines with a pressure ratio of more than 30 but less than 62.5:
      1. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 7 + 2.0πoo
      2. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 26.7 kN but not more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 42.71 + 1.4286πoo - 0.4013Foo + 0.00642πoo x Foo
    3. for engines with a pressure ratio of 62.5 or more:
      Dp/Foo = 32 + 1.6πoo
  4. for engines of a type or model of which the date of manufacture of the first individual production model was on or after 1 January 2008 or for which the date of manufacture of the individual engine was on or after 1 January 2013:
    1. for engines with a pressure ratio of 30 or less:
      1. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 16.72 + 1.4080πoo
      2. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 26.7 kN but not more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 38.5486 + 1.6823πoo - 0.2453Foo - 0.00308 πoo x Foo
    2. for engines with a pressure ratio of more than 30 but less than 82.6:
      1. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = -1.04 + 2.0πoo
      2. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 26.7 kN but not more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 46.1600 + 1.4286πoo - 0.5303Foo + 0.00642πoo x Foo
    3. for engines with a pressure ratio of 82.6 or more:
      Dp/Foo = 32 + 1.6πoo
  5. for engines of a type or model of which the date of manufacture of the first individual production model was after 1st January 2014:
    1. for engines with a pressure ratio of 30 or less:
      1. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 7.88 + 1.4080πoo
      2. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 26.7 kN but not more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 40.052 + 1.5681πoo - 0.3615Foo - 0.0018 πoo x Foo
    2. for engines with a pressure ratio of more than 30 but less than 104.7:
      1. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = -9.88 + 2.0πoo
      2. for engines with a maximum rated thrust of more than 26.7 kN but not more than 89.0 kN:
        Dp/Foo = 41.9435 + 1.505πoo - 0.5823Foo + 0.005562πoo x Foo
    3. for engines with a pressure ratio of 104.7 or more:
      Dp/Foo = 32 + 1.6πoo

References

  1. ICAO Annex 16 "International standards and recommended practices, Environmental protection", Volume II "Aircraft engine emissions", 3rd ed. (2008) plus amendments:
    1. Amendment 3, 20 March 1997;
    2. Amendment 4, 4 November 1999;
    3. Amendment 5, 24 November 2005;
    4. Amendment 6, 20 November 2008;
    5. Amendment 7, 17 November 2011;
  2. ICAO Engine Exhaust Emissions Databank, First Edition 1995, ICAO, Doc 9646- AN/943.