Numerical Methods for Aeroacoustic Analysis of Turbomachinery
Licentiatavhandling, 2018

Air transportation is today an integral part of many peoples life and it continuously grow to serve more of us in new and ingenious ways. There are however negative sides to this growth as well, such as increased noise around airports and more CO2 emissions, which must be addressed if aviation is to be part of a sustainable future. A key ingredient to successfully addressing these issues is accurate and reliable numerical tools that can be used to investigate and/or optimize new and existing technologies.
This thesis presents a computational framework for predicting the noise generated by a fuel efficient aircraft engine propulsor known as the Counter Rotating Open Rotor (CROR). The framework solves the Favre-Averaged Navier Stokes equations using the Finite Volume method for spatial discretization and the Harmonic Balance method for temporal discretization in order to obtain a numerical solution of the transient flow field around the CROR blades. This solution is further coupled with an acoustic analogy in which a convective form of the Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings equation for permeable integration surfaces is used to determine the far field noise signature of the CROR at any arbitrary observer location. The underlying theory of both the temporal discretization scheme (Harmonic Balance method) and the acoustic analogy (Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings equation) are presented in detail in order to investigate the applicability of these methods for predicting CROR noise. It is found that the Harmonic Balance method performs well for predicting turbomachinery noise in general, but also that issues with aliasing might impair the accuracy of the results when the flow-field becomes strongly nonlinear. The acoustic analogy is found to perform well for propagating the types of noise generated by a CROR. Issues may however occur when wakes and shock waves cross the integration surface. This makes the placement of the integration surface a complicated task for the particular formulation of the Ffowcs Williams - Hawkings equation used in this work

Convective Ffowcs Williams - Hawkings Equation

Computational Aeroacoustics

Acoustic Analogy

Von Neumann Stability Analysis

Tonal Noise


Harmonic Balance Method

Counter Rotating Open Rotor

EE, Hörsalsvägen 11
Opponent: Dr. Graham Ashcroft, Department of Numerical Methods, Institute of Propulsion Technology, Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)


Daniel Lindblad

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Strömningslära

Validating the Harmonic Balance Method for Turbomachinery Tonal Noise Predictions

AIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting,; (2017)

Paper i proceeding

Aeroacoustic Analysis of a Counter Rotating Open Rotor based on the Harmonic Balance Method

2018 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting,; Vol. 2018(2018)

Paper i proceeding




Rymd- och flygteknik


Strömningsmekanik och akustik


C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)


Chalmers tekniska högskola

EE, Hörsalsvägen 11

Opponent: Dr. Graham Ashcroft, Department of Numerical Methods, Institute of Propulsion Technology, Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

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