Boeing has entered into a collaboration with the Cambridge-MIT Institute sponsored ‘Silent’ Aircraft Initiative, a three-year project that aims to create a new generation of quiet aircraft.
Under a recently signed memorandum of understanding, Boeing will allow the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to use some of its advanced design software to design and analyse aircraft that are being considered as conceptual design candidates.
The software uses a multidisciplinary design optimisation framework that considers aerodynamic, structural, stability, control, and mission performance factors. Noise prediction models will be added to this, to aid in the design of the ‘Silent’ Aircraft.
The Cambridge-MIT Institute’s ‘Silent’ Aircraft Initiative was launched in November 2003. It aims to discover ways of reducing aircraft noise to the point where it would be virtually unnoticeable to people outside the airport perimeter.
The initiative is bringing together academics from Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with an extended ‘Knowledge Integration Community’ of representatives from all parts of the civil aerospace/aviation industry.