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HONORARY FELLOWS PRIZE LECTURE - Towards a silent aircraft

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Although aircraft noise has reduced considerably since the introduction of high-speed jet transport, it is still a major societal concern. In this talk, Ann Dowling will discuss what generates noise on modern civil aircraft. Ways in which the noise is being reduced for the next generation of aircraft will be presented, together with techniques to accurately predict the noise and enable design optimisation. In the longer term, a radial re-think of aircraft configuration could bring very substantial noise reductions combined with a reduced fuel burn. In such designs low fuel burn and noise are not achieved by a single design feature but rather through the integration of many technologies into a viable aircraft designed and optimised with a consideration of use.

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