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Professor Rodney Self BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor of Aeroacoustics

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Dr Rodney Self is Professor of Aeroacoustics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Career & Current roles

Rod Self graduated with a first-class honours in Mathematical Physics from Sussex University before joining the Royal Navy. After completing his commission he returned to academia and obtained an MSc followed by a PhD in Industrial Applied Mathematics at the Mathematics department of the University of Southampton. On completion he moved to the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research to take up a Research Fellow position. He is currently Head of the Acoustics Group and a Professor of Aeroacoustics.

Research interests

Rod Self carries out research into how aircraft noise is produced, predicted and assessed. In particular he is interested in developing robust methods that can be used by industry to predict the noise produced by turbo-fan engine exhausts and other engine components. He also studies methods to predict noise around airports and how people who live nearby react to it.

Rod is a member of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Propulsion Systems Noise where he leads the jet noise team and leads the UTC's involvement in a number collaborative aircraft noise research projects with both UK and European partners. Current work being undertaken focusses on developing a prediction methodology for the noise produced when the exhaust jet flow mixes with the ambient air and how the noise varies depending on the design of the engine nozzle and the engine's mounting in close proximity to the wing (jet-wing interaction noise). These studies involve experimental investigations at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research's Doak Laboratory as well as theoretical studies.

The main aim of aircraft noise research is to find ways of reducing the noise burden experienced by communities living around airports. To this end Rod has led a research team in developing methods to predict the noise from likely future novel aircraft designs -- including electric aircraft. This involves understanding how such aircraft produce noise and predicting how it is distributed over the ground around airports.

ISVR chamber
ISVR chamber
ISVR chamber

Research Project - Novel Aircraft Noise

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Research group

Acoustics Group

Research project(s)

Why Do Wings Make Engines Noisier?

Prediction of Aircraft Exhaust Noise

The jet that emanates from a turbo-fan engine is a major contributor to aircraft noise. This project seeks to understand how such is produced and develop tools to predict it.

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Title Module Code Programme Role
Fluid Mechanics FEEG2003 Acoustical Engineering , Acoustics and Music Module Lead


Professor Rodney Self
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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