Scaling metrics for predicting rocket noise


G. Mack, Tinney, C. E., and Ruf, J., “Scaling metrics for predicting rocket noise,” in 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 2014, vol. 136:2168.


Several years of research at The University of Texas at Austin concerning the sound field produced by large area-ratio rocket nozzles is presented [Baars et al., AIAA J. 50(1), (2012); Baars and Tinney, Exp. Fluids, 54 (1468), (2013); Donald et al., AIAA J. 52(7), (2013)]. The focus of these studies is on developing an in-depth understanding of the various acoustic mechanisms that form during start-up of rocket engines and how they may be rendered less efficient in the generation of sound. The test articles comprise geometrically scaled replicas of large area ratio nozzles and are tested in a fully anechoic chamber under various operating conditions. A framework for scaling laboratory-scale nozzles is presented by combining established methods with new methodologies [Mayes, NASA TN D-21 (1959); Gust, NASA TN-D-1999 (1964); Eldred, NASA SP-8072 (1972); Sutherland AIAA Paper 1993–4383 (1993); Varnier, AIAA J. 39:10 (2001); James et al. Proc. Acoust. Soc. Amer. 18(3aNS), (2012)]. In particular, both hot and cold flow tests are reported which comprise single, three and four nozzle clusters. An effort to correct for geometric scaling is also presented.


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