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Dr Brian Tester PhD MSc BSc

Principal Research Fellow

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Dr Brian Tester is Principal Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

1972 PhD Acoustics - Southampton University
1966 MSc Gas Dynamics - Southampton University
1965 BSc Applied Maths (1st) - City University

Brian Tester has spent most of his career working in industry on aircraft engine noise research, principally at Rolls-Royce in Derby, which makes aircraft engines that for example power the Boeing Dreamliner 787 and the Airbus A380. He also spent six years at the Lockheed-Georgia Research Laboratories working on jet noise research.

Brian is now a Principal Research Fellow in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and is a member of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise. He participates in research programmes on jet noise, turbomachinery noise, duct acoustics and advanced measurement techniques.

He has recently co-chaired ‘expert panels’ that have advised the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) on the noise of future aircraft.

He is the recipient of the 2009 CEAS Aeroacoustics Award for ‘his pioneering contributions to the aeroacoustics of turbofan engine noise’.

Job Experience

2011-Present Principle Research Fellow, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton;
2002-2011 Associate Consultant
2002-2005 Visiting Professor, Imperial College.
1996-2002 Chief of Turbomachinery Noise Engineering, Rolls-Royce.
1994-1996 Special Projects, Advanced Engineering, Rolls-Royce.
1989-1994 Chief Engineer - Research and Manufacturing Technology, Rolls-Royce.
1985-1989 Assistant Chief Engineer Aerothermal Technology - Corporate, Rolls-Royce.
1981-1985 Head of Noise Research, Rolls-Royce.
1978-1981 Noise Research Engineer, Rolls-Royce.
1968-1969 Section Leader Fundamental Acoustics, Rolls-Royce.
1966-1968 Research Scientist (Advanced Research Laboratories) , Rolls-Royce.
1965-1966 Training - MSc in Gas Dynamics, Southampton University

Research interests

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Aircraft Noise
  • Jet Noise
  • Combustion Noise

Dr Tester is interested in the way sound is generated by the fan and combustor in aircraft engines and how the sound propagates through the engine and radiates to the far-field i.e. to the communities around airports. This knowledge helps to design improved noise reduction features such as acoustic linings within the engine ducting. His theoretical and experimental acoustics research includes the application of advanced measurement techniques to engines and to small-scale fan models and he likes to see the results of these being applied in industry, such as Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Airbus.

Research group

Acoustics Group

Research project(s)

Acoustic imaging inside aircraft engine ducts to help design quieter engines

Determining aircraft engine combustion noise from acoustic imaging measurements.

Scattering of turbine tones

Analysis of frequency scattering of turbine tones radiated from turbofan aircraft engines

Dr Brian Tester
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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