Procedure for the Analysis and Evaluation of Gaseous Emissions from Aircraft Engines

  • 2013-01-03
  • HISTORICAL Access the latest revision: ARP1533C
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SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice ARP1533 is a procedure for the analysis and evaluation of the measured composition of the exhaust gas from aircraft engines. Measurements of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, total hydrocarbon, and the oxides of nitrogen are used to deduce emission indices, fuel-air ratio, combustion efficiency, and exhaust gas thermodynamic properties. The emission indices (EI) are the parameters of critical interest to the engine developers and the atmospheric emissions regulatory agencies because they relate engine performance to environmental impact.

While this procedure is intended to guide the analysis and evaluation of the emissions from aircraft gas turbine engines, the methodology may be applied to the analysis of the exhaust products of any hydrocarbon/air combustor. Some successful applications include:

  • Aircraft engine combustor development rig tests (aviation kerosene fueled)
  • Stationary source combustor development rig tests (natural gas and diesel fueled)
  • Afterburning military engine tests (aviation jet fueled)
  • Internal combustion aircraft engine diagnostics (AVGAS fueled)

Each application may be characterized by very different measured emissions levels (parts per million versus percent by volume) but this common approach solves the same basic combustion chemical equation.

This revision of ARP1533 assumes that major advances will occur in gas analysis technology in the near future. New instruments will be accepted by the regulatory agencies such that it will no longer be appropriate to specify the measurement method for each chemical species.

The matrix method of solving the combustion chemical equation is recommended because of all the potential variations in exhaust gas measurement requirements. Changes in the fuel type, addition of diluents, addition of measured species, and options for wet or dry basis measurements are most easily handled by revising individual matrix row equations. Matrix solution software is widely available on personal computers. However, derivation of the algebraic solution of the chemical equation is retained for traceability to previous versions of this document. New sections have been added to this document that pertain to data quality checks, measurement uncertainty, and water content calculations.


SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice ARP1533A is being revised to resolve two discrepancies and to correct several typographical errors. The first discrepancy concerned the third column in Table 1 that listed the molecular weights for a variety of fuels. In both ARP1533A and ICAO Annex 16, the molecular weight of fuel used in the calculation of the emission indices and air to fuel ratio is defined as m(MC + α MH). The third column in Table 1 has been eliminated to avoid confusion with other listings of fuel weights.

The second discrepancy concerned the units of the interference coefficients and the form of the interference correction equations. The original AIR1533 described the interference effects as either a “zero shift” or a “concentration factor” effect.

With this ARP1533 revision comes a caution that if in the future the form of interference coefficients are changed, then so too must the form of the correction equations. Every attempt should be made for consistency between ARP1533, ICAO Annex 16 and ARP1256.

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ARP1533C 2016-04-13 Latest Revised
2013-01-03 Historical Revised
2004-07-20 Historical Revised
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