DOI: 10.1121/10.0023075 ISSN: 0001-4966

A procedure for obtaining forecast turbulence parameters in the atmospheric boundary layer for acoustic propagation

William Doebler, Alexandra Loubeau
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

Propagation through turbulence causes a mean reduction in loudness of sonic booms and in some cases can cause significant fluctuations in loudness about that mean. Understanding these effects is important for accurately planning loudness levels during upcoming community noise tests with the X-59 aircraft as well as mitigating the risk for excessive loudness due to turbulence. Current methods for modeling acoustic propagation through turbulence require several atmospheric parameters including the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) height, friction velocity, mixed-layer velocity scale, surface-layer temperature scale, as well as ambient pressure, temperature, and humidity within the ABL. Accurate forecasts of these parameters are needed for X-59 flight planning and may also be useful for planning future supersonic aircraft certification flight tests. This presentation showcases one method for obtaining the forecast turbulence and ambient atmospheric parameters from freely available Climate Forecast System Version 2 data. Forecast parameters are compared to measurements to assess accuracy and utility.

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