Practical computational aeroacoustics for complex confined scattering geometries in low mach number flows

Ainara Pradera-Mallabiabarrena, Finn Jacobsen, Christian Svendsen, Alejandro Rivas, Nere Gil-Negrete

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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that a recently published methodology for predicting flow generated noise by compact surfaces under free-field conditions [1] can be extended to a different and more complex configuration of industrial interest. In the previous paper, the methodology was applied to low Mach number flow past a circular cylinder in free-field, where the Green's function and its derivative were obtained analytically. In this paper, the method will be applied to the case of low Mach number flow past a complex confined scattering geometry where both compact and non-compact surfaces are involved. Here the generation of noise is dominated by the interaction of the flow with a surface whose maximum dimension is shorter than the wavelength of interest. The analysis is based on the surface-source term of the Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings equation. The acoustic source data of the flow are generated by use of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation. Due to the complexity of the scattering surfaces, the derivative of the Green's function must be obtained numerically through a Computational Acoustics (CA) simulation. The results have been validated through comparison with sound power measurements. © S. Hirzel Verlag · EAA.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcustica United with Acta Acustica
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)130-138
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Acoustic noise
  • Acoustics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Circular cylinders
  • Computational aeroacoustics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Green's function
  • Mach number
  • Scattering
  • Surface scattering


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