Airbus turns to Southampton for quiet future
A new research centre is set to help combat the pressing environmental issue of aircraft noise by identifying quiet solutions for future airliners.
The Airbus Noise Technology Centre at the University of Southampton will work to find ways to reduce the noise generated by airliners.
The University of Southampton has a long history of conducting research into all aspects of aircraft noise. For many years, the University has collaborated with Airbus on a range of noise research and development projects and the new Airbus Noise Technology Centre, which is formally launched at the University on Monday 3 November, consolidates the relationship between the two organisations.
The Centre’s immediate goal is to work towards the target set for the airline industry by the Advisory Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe, to cut perceived noise in half by 2020 and eliminate all noise nuisance outside airport boundaries. This requires a doubling of the previous rate of progress, and requires advanced research and development across a range of new technologies.
University of Southampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bill Wakeham, comments: “We are honoured and delighted that Airbus has chosen Southampton as its partner to help find novel ways to reduce aircraft noise. By combining the talents of engineers at Airbus and the University, we are certain that significant progress can be made in this important area.”
Pierre Lempereur, Airbus France, adds: “We are confident that this Centre will provide Airbus with enhanced access to technology innovation and support from world-class skills, experience and tools needed to develop solutions to cope with the challenging objectives Airbus have set for aircraft noise impact mitigation.”
The Centre, led by Professor Xin Zhang, brings together academic staff, research fellows and PhD students using state-of-the-art computer simulations and wind tunnel testing to develop new noise reduction concepts. Undergraduate students will also work with the research team, providing exciting projects to stimulate the next-generation of engineers for industry.
More information about the Centre can be found at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/antc