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Measurement of Near-Field and Far-Field Noise From Full Scale High Performance Jet Engines

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Richard McKinley, Robert McKinley, Frank Mobley, Mitchell Gilespie

Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, OH

Kent Gee

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Tony Pilan

Lockheed Martin, Palmdale, CA

Micah Downing

Blue Ridge Research and Consulting, Asheville, NC

Paper No. GT2010-22531, pp. 149-153; 5 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Education; Electric Power; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4396-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Accurate measurement of the noise fields emitted by a full scale high performance jet engine and jet plume (with supersonic jet flow) requires detailed planning and careful execution. The apparent acoustic source can be very large, more than 50 feet long and 20 feet high and wide. The jet plume contains many noise generating sources, the main two being shock (broad band and shock cells) and turbulent mixing. This paper is an initial description of a detailed method to accurately measure and describe the near-field noise while simultaneously measuring the far-field noise. For a large high performance jet engine, the acoustic far-field may not be formed until more than 1000 ft away from the plume. The paper also describes proposed methods to measure the non-linear propagation of the noise from the near-field to the far-field. The proposed methodology described with vetting will be considered as an US military standard (MILSTD) with possible later consideration as American standard measurement technique to describe noise fields for personnel noise exposure and for measuring the performance of jet engine noise reduction technologies.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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