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The 6 February 2018 at 10h00

PhD Defense – Mélissa FERAND : “Numerical modeling of far-field turbofan-engine combustion noise”



Since the introduction of jet engine for aircraft propulsion in the 1950’s, acoustics has become of great interest to the engine industry. While the initial turbojets were jet noise dominated, the introduction of turbofan engine in the 1960’s gave relief in jet noise, but introduced fan noise. In the 1970’s, with advanced noise reduction design features which provided a major reduction in aircraft noise, combustion noise became an interrogation. Indeed, more restrictive noise regulations could require that noise from the fan and jet be reduced to the point where combustion noise reduction may be required. Moreover, burner designs is controlled solely by the restriction of chemical pollutants produced by combustion, efficiency and consumption. The impact of these new concepts on combustion noise is not a strong constraint for design.

Before considering to reduce combustion noise, it is necessary to first understand the different mechanisms. However, proposing a prediction method for combustion noise is not an easy task due to the multiple physical interactions involved during the combustion processes. Many experiments exist to evaluate the combustion noise from flames or combustion test rig. However, only a few include the complete propagation path of combustion noise within an engine device as it is difficult to isolate this acoustic source from the noise of the other engine modules. Empirical methods based on extrapolations and simplifications are often used for the prediction of combustion noise within modern aero-engines. Numerous acoustic analogies have also been derived from Lighthill.

The work of this thesis proposes to study the combustion noise coming from an aircraft engine using a computational chain treating different modules from the generation of combustion noise to its propagation in far field. The importance of combustion noise for different operating points is highlighted. The noise-generating mechanisms will be identified in the combustion chamber. The role of the turbine as a noise attenuator and indirect noise generator will be evaluated as well as the far-field propagation considering inhomogeneous fields.

Finally, an alternative strategy will also be proposed in order to consider the interaction between combustion noise and jet noise. To do so, LES of jet flow forced with combustion noise will be performed. A new approach will be proposed based on these results which seem to show that the combustion noise has an impact on the turbulence of the jet.


Françoise BAILLOT       Professor, CORIA CNRS, Rouen                              Referee
Christophe BAILLY        Professor, Ecole Centrale de Lyon                            Referee
Alexis GIAUQUE           Professor, Ecole Centrale de Lyon                            Member
Guillaume DAVILLER    Researcher, CERFACS Toulouse                             Member
Claude SENSIAU          Engineer, Safran Aircraft Engines                             Industrial invited
Thierry POINSOT          Research Director, IMFT CNRS, Toulouse               Advisor
Stéphane MOREAU      Professor, Université Sherbrooke, Canada              Co-advisor


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The AVBP code from CERFACS at the heart of for PRACE projects from the 23rd call

CERFACS |  30 September 2021

Cerfacs is involved in three PRACE projects of the 23rd call for which hour allocation runs from 01/10/2021 to 30/09/2022. Researchers from ECL/LMFA UMR5509 (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) and IMFT (UMR 5502) laboratories have earned projects entirely based on the use of the LES solver developed by Cerfacs AVBP and involve the support of experts from the CFD and COOP teams underling the importance and effectiveness of collaborations between French labs and Cerfacs. Alexis Giauque from ECL/LMFA UMR5509 (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) has obtained not only one but two PRACE projects! The first project LESFAN (RA0101, 30 000 000 CPU hours on Irene/Rome TGCC) is based on the use of AVBP in the turbomachinery version to study the generation of noise by a fan of a real airplane engine. The second, PRACE-EDGES (RA0101, 40 000 000 CPU hours on Irene/Rome TGCC) focuses on LES modeling of dens gas in complex geometries. To do so, the LMFA Team has developed advanced thermodynamic closures in AVBP allowing the direct simulation of such flows. Laurent Selle from IMFT (UMR 5502) has received CPU hours for the GASTON project (RA0061, 30 000 000 CPU hours on Marenostrum BSC) which aims to study the structure of hydrogen flames in porous materials. For this, IMFT and Cerfacs will perform coupled simulations considering the reactive flow with AVBP as well as the conduction in the porous medium with AVTP which is known to play an central role in the flame stabilization process. Carlos Perez Arroyo from IMFT (UMR 5502) received 16 Mh CPU hours on Joliot-Curie Skylake partition to support his project WONDER.Read more