We are on the cusp of a revolution in the transportation sector, driven by the significant progress on electric powertrains, and robotics and autonomous systems. Electric vehicles are rapidly taking over and we can expect drones to be inundating UK Skies in the coming years with the addition of electric vehicles and two-wheeled transport on the ground.
E-mobility will introduce entirely new noise sources. For instance, novel air vehicles (from drones to eVTOL) will bring unconventional noise signatures (i.e., tonal and high frequency dominated), and will operate over urban communities not usually exposed to aircraft noise; on the ground, electric vehicles must generate noise artificially to alert other road users, with potentially non-harmonious consequences for local communities. All these new sources will lead to the largest shift in soundscapes in living memory.
E-Mobility provides also an excellent opportunity to change the way we address environmental noise problems, a fresh start to shape future soundscapes the way we want.
In the framework of Industry 5.0, it is imperative putting the public at the centre of engineering decisions to ensure responsible innovation.
Our strategic vision is to develop new methods and tools to integrate human responses into products and/or systems design. This Perception-driven Engineering is at the core of recent research at the Acoustics Research Centre, for instance to address the main noise challenges of novel air vehicles to contribute shaping the future of mobility (IUK InCEPTion and EPSRC DroneNoise projects).
The aim of this PhD project is to develop tools to aid perceptually driven acoustic design of e-mobility to blend into the soundscape. These tools will allow the realistic virtualisation of e-mobility for industry fully materialise the benefits of industry 5.0, and will provide reliable and robust evidence for decision-making.
This PhD project can be focused to different key areas:
• Acoustic modelling and assessment of novel air vehicles (e.g., drones).
• Development of a framework for the auralisation of novel air vehicles in complex urban soundscapes.
• Development of noise reduction technologies for novel air vehicles.
• Psychoacoustic assessment of novel air vehicles.
The supervisory team is open to discuss other options within the overall topic of e-mobility and future soundscapes.