Presentation Title

Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT)

Faculty Mentor

Edward Haering, Larry Cliatt, Michael Butros

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:15 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 8:30 AM

Location

C162

Session

Oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

The Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT) effort aims to assist in the development and implementation of commercial supersonic flights. Numerous flight tests were conducted under various atmospheric conditions at Armstrong Flight Research Center and Kennedy Space Center. Using MATLAB, the data obtained during the flight tests were analyzed using various statistical methods in order to investigate the extent to which atmospheric turbulence affects sonic boom loudness, and to quantify the change in loudness due to different atmospheric conditions. Ultimately, quantifying the effects of different atmospheric conditions on sonic boom loudness will assist in allowing the Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization to specify a maximum allowable loudness for supersonic commercial flight.

Summary of research results to be presented

The probability distributions of the sonic boom data indicated that, in comparison to the less humid climates of California, sonic booms are louder in the more humid climates of Florida. In addition, as evident by the probability distributions of the sonic boom loudness levels, weather does not result in variation in loudness measurements; ultimately, this result can be useful for sonic boom prediction purposes.

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Nov 17th, 8:15 AM Nov 17th, 8:30 AM

Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT)

C162

The Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT) effort aims to assist in the development and implementation of commercial supersonic flights. Numerous flight tests were conducted under various atmospheric conditions at Armstrong Flight Research Center and Kennedy Space Center. Using MATLAB, the data obtained during the flight tests were analyzed using various statistical methods in order to investigate the extent to which atmospheric turbulence affects sonic boom loudness, and to quantify the change in loudness due to different atmospheric conditions. Ultimately, quantifying the effects of different atmospheric conditions on sonic boom loudness will assist in allowing the Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization to specify a maximum allowable loudness for supersonic commercial flight.