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Noise Modeling of Advanced Air Mobility Flight Vehicles

Project Number: 084
Category: Noise

This project will develop first principles noise models of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicle configurations to make community noise predictions resulting from these aircraft flying in various operating states. Estimated noise levels from these models will be used to develop methods needed for a UAM/AAM-compatible Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) to make preliminary noise estimates for these vehicles. Various vehicle configurations are currently being considered for feasibility for use in UAM and AAM operations, including but not limited to short takeoff and landing (STOL) configurations, tilt-rotor vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and tilt-duct VTOL configurations, each which have unique sources and operating modes. Thus, targets of opportunity will be identified to estimate the noise levels and develop AEDT compatibility for these vehicles and operating modes. The work will be expanded to generalized AAM operations and the models developed will be used to make preliminary noise footprint estimates for a variety of configurations.


The expected benefits for this project are to develop noise modeling methodologies for a variety of UAM/AAM vehicles where existing noise data is currently very limited. The noise analysis models will also be applicable to study potential noise abatement methodologies through source noise modifications, procedure modifications, or both. Future developments to model AAM noise in AEDT will be directly supported by this effort.

Last updated 7/20/2023

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