Research activities

  • Noise from bluff bodies
  • The application of porous materials for aerodynamic and aeroacoustic purposes

Tandem cylinder- porous cover
This project is concerned with the application of porous coatings as a passive flow control method for reducing the aerodynamic sound from tandem cylinders. The aim here is to perform a parametric proof-of-concept study to investigate the effectiveness of porous treatment on bare tandem cylinders to control and regularize the vortex shedding and flow within the gap region between the two bluff bodies, and thereby control the aerodynamic sound generation mechanism. The aerodynamic simulations are performed using transient RANS approach and the acoustic computations are carried out using the standard Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings (FW-H) acoustic analogy. Results show that the proper use of porous coatings can lead to robust control of the flow within the gap region, the turbulence level and interaction with the downstream body, and therefore the generation of tonal and broadband noise. It has also been observed that the magnitude and the frequency of the first interaction tone reduce significantly as a result of the flow regularization. The proposed passive flow-induced noise and vibration control method can potentially be used for other problems involving flow interaction with bluff bodies.

  • Morphing structures: aerodynamics and aeroacoustics


  • Noise propagation modelling


  • Noise reduction using serrated trailing and leading edge


  • Noise reduction using active flow control


  • Laminar to turbulent transition














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