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  Aircraft Noise Auralisation for Advanced Air Mobility

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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  Dr Antonio J Torija Martinez  No more applications being accepted  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.


Project description: Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is a new air transport system concept involving new, transformational aircraft designs and flight technologies to move people and cargo between places more effectively. AAM includes novel air vehicles, such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (also known as ‘drones’), Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), and Distributed Propulsion Systems for regional aviation. The noise produce by these aircraft has been identified as a key barrier potentially preventing public acceptance and wider adoption.

These novel aircraft produce a noise signature that does not resemble, both qualitative and quantitative, with conventional aircraft and rotorcraft. In the case of UAS and VTOL, their expected operations will likely differ from other conventional air vehicles. This has important implications for community noise impact, as the extensive evidence gathered to date for conventional aviation will unlikely be of application for AAM vehicles.

Therefore, further research is needed to understand the impact of AAM noise on communities, and also how to abate it. This will include the optimisation of vehicles, operating conditions and operational profiles for low community noise impact.

Auralisation is a technique for creating audible sound files from numerical data of acoustics predictions. Auralisation of aircraft noise can be very useful for providing feedback to noise analysts regarding the aircraft concept under design, or as an integral element of perception-driven design of novel aircraft.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop modelling and auralisation tool to aid psychoacoustics research of novel aircraft configurations.

This PhD project can be focused on different key areas:

·        Analytical, and/or semi-empirical modelling of AAM noise

·        Auralisation of AAM noise

·        Psychoacoustic assessment and trajectory optimisation of AAM aircraft

The supervisory team is open to discuss other options in the topics of aeroacoustics, aircraft noise modelling and psychoacoustics of aircraft noise.

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