IAN COSTA-ALVES'S THESIS : HOW TO REDUCE THE CLIMATE IMPACT OF AVIATION

What will aviation look like in 2050? How can we allocate resources, such as biomass or low-carbon electricity, and effectively reduce the climate impact of aviation?

To shed light on these issues, Ian Costa-Alvès’s thesis, one of eight to carry out an ISA-labelled PhD label in 2023, aims to improve Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) through the use of multidisciplinary optimization techniques. 

In particular, Ian proposes to integrate environmental objectives – mitigation and adaptation, resource allocation – right from the aircraft design specification stage. From a methodological point of view, he uses high-performance matrix computing to accelerate the calculation of temporal scenarios. Computation time savings of a factor of 100 to 1000 pave the way for temporal simulations of complex, regionalized dynamics, integrating a very large number of disciplines and variables.

 

The thesis is directed by Nicolas Gourdain (ISAE-SUPAERO) and supervised by François Gallard (IRT-Saint Exupery) and Anne Gazaix (IRT-Saint Exupery / Airbus Operations), and is co-financed by the Occitanie Region.

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