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Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise

The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton plays host to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Propulsion Systems Noise.

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Reducing aircraft engine noise

The UTC consists of 20 members and undertakes a programme of research in aeroacoustics focusing on developing and improving noise technology, products and processes of application to current and future aircraft engines.

Aircraft noise is generated by multiple sources many of which are associated with turbulent, unsteady motion. All must be reduced to achieve a significant reduction in overall noise.

Our research activities include theoretical, computational and experimental studies of aircraft noise sources. We have particular interests and expertise in the design of acoustic liners to reduce noise radiated from intake and bypass ducts, the development of improved models for fan broadband noise and jet noise, and their integration within whole aircraft noise prediction schemes.

We are also responsible for developing and exploiting advanced measurement techniques for rig and full-scale engine noise tests, and for appraising noise data acquired in industrial test facilities by Rolls-Royce and other industrial partners.

In addition to the support from Rolls-Royce we are funded by the UK TSB, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Commission. We also have close collaborative relationships with airframe and nacelle manufacturers.

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Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 4429


Postal address:

Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Propulsion Systems Noise
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

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