ManufacturingJuly 27, 2021

Achieving Quieter Aircraft Through Simulation

As the global economy continues to expand and international relationships are forged,…
Avatar Tony Velocci

As the global economy continues to expand and international relationships are forged, air travel and increased capacity at existing airports is not only inevitable but a necessity. No less critical is the aviation industry’s ability to monitor noise levels, since the increase in air traffic and associated ambient noise levels in nearby communities can create barriers to airport expansion.

Just last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the next-generation noise standards (Stage 5), which require further reduction in decibel levels for all new aircraft delivered, starting this year. While decades’ worth of gains in aerodynamics and aircraft engine technology have dramatically reduced noise levels near U.S. airports, future reductions are certain to follow as government regulations continue to evolve and engineering teams apply cutting-edge digital technologies.

There are two types of noise: tonal and broadband. Tonal noise is centered at a particular frequency and can often be tied to a resonance on the aircraft, such as a whistling cavity, while broadband, the more challenging noise to reduce, covers a wider portion of the spectrum. For commercial and military aircraft, the engine fan is the dominant source when aircraft are taking off and coming in for a landing. But turbulent air flow around structures such as the landing gear and the high lift devices can also contribute significantly to the acoustic profile of an aircraft.

One of the most innovative approaches to reducing aircraft noise is state of the art aeroacoustics simulation to identify the source of the noise. PowerFLOW solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. IASP conducts flight-oriented, systems-level research and development to mature and transition advanced aeronautic technologies into future air vehicles and operational systems.

By comparing the results of simulations with and without different components such as nacelles, engineers were able to isolate the contributions of each part of the system at a significantly lower cost than physical testing. The results of these simulations were then used to guide the design of aircraft subsystems, such as the landing gear and flaps, and help designers meet noise-reduction targets.


Editor: To Learn More about reducing aircraft noise levels to mitigate concerns around increased air traffic, check out our e-Book on achieving quieter aircraft through simulation.

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