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Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Lab

A Space to Listen and Learn

Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory
Arching overhead, the farfield microphone array of the Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory is used to measure sound produced by the nozzles tested in the Nozzle Acoustic Test rig

The Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory, (aka “The Dome”), has proven to be an ideal location for fan, nozzle, and engine noise tests.

What makes the Dome unique? Topping the list is the ability to vent the hot engine exhaust through the large door of the Dome without using noisy flow collectors. And since anechoic wedges are installed on all surfaces inside the 65 foot radius geodesic dome, far-field sound measurements aren’t contaminated by community noise or by reflections from lab equipment.

The Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory has access to continuous flow compressed air at 100 psi, 150 psi, and 450 psi, as well as to compressed gas trailers (typically natural gas and hydrogen). Couple these services with the state-of-the-art instrumentation we have, and it is hard to imagine a better place to solve complicated aircraft engine noise problems.

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