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Practical Jet Noise Reduction for Tactical Aircraft

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Steve Martens

GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY

John T. Spyropoulos

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD

Paper No. GT2010-23699, pp. 389-399; 11 pages
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GE and NAVAIR are working together to find and develop practical techniques to reduce jet noise on legacy tactical aircraft such as the F/A-18. Noise is an important issue for the Navy that has grown dramatically over the last number of years. The two most important issues are the hearing loss induced during operations of these aircraft on aircraft carriers and the impact to communities around Naval Air Bases and training sites. A near term noise reduction goal of 3 dB has been established by NAVAIR as the first step in a much longer term plan to significantly reduce the noise felt in both of these situations. A near term solution for noise reduction implies that it can be implemented in the existing fleet with relatively little impact to the current air vehicle and the way it is operated, deployed, maintained, and funded. These constraints quickly limit the magnitude and types of changes that can be made to legacy engines or exhaust systems. In 2009, a static acoustic test on an F404 engine demonstrated that chevrons are equally effective at reducing noise all the way to full afterburner conditions. This test also measured thrust and the chevrons were demonstrated to result in very minimal performance impact at sea level static conditions. These two results are very important, as this was the first demonstration at full scale of practical noise reduction at afterburner conditions with minimal thrust impact. This paper will report on this latest test.

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