High-Speed Helicopter Rotor Noise-Shock Waves as a Potent Source of Sound

  • F. Farassat
  • Yung-Jang Lee
  • H. Tadghighi
  • R. Holz
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In this paper we discuss the problem of high speed rotor noise prediction. In particular, we propose that from the point of view of the acoustic analogy, shocks around rotating blades are sources of sound. We show that, although for a wing at uniform steady rectilinear motion with shocks the volume quadrupole and shock sources cancel in the far field to the order of 1/r, this cannot happen for rotating blades. In this case, some cancellation between volume quadrupoles and shock sources occurs, yet the remaining shock noise contribution is still potent. A formula for shock noise prediction is presented based on mapping the deformable shock surface to a time independent region. The resulting equation is similar to Formulation lA of Langley. Shock noise prediction for a hovering model rotor for which experimental noise data exist is presented. The comparison of measured and predicted acoustic data shows good agreement.


Rotor Disc Rotor Plane Impulsive Noise Helicopter Rotor Shock Source 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Farassat
    • 1
  • Yung-Jang Lee
    • 1
  • H. Tadghighi
    • 2
  • R. Holz
    • 2
  1. 1.NASA Langley Research CenterHamptonUSA
  2. 2.McDonnel Douglas Helicopter CompanyMesaUSA

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