User Guides for Noise Modeling of Commercial Space Operations—RUMBLE and PCBoom

As commercial space launch vehicles begin testing and become operational, many noise issues as well as the effects from sonic booms will need to be evaluated. The Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) is designed to evaluate the effects of noise and emissions from aircraft, but does not have the ability to predict noise and sonic boom effects from commercial space operations. Two tools were developed in this project to predict noise and sonic boom to be used in the noise modeling evaluation process. RUMBLE 2.0 predicts rocket noise, and PCBoom4 was modified to predict sonic boom from commercial space operations. The models are based on a database that compiles information on the vehicles and engine/motors used. This report comprises the user’s guide for each tool, and ACRP Web-Only Document 33: Commercial Space Operations Noise and Sonic Boom Modeling and Analysis is the contractor’s final report on the methodology and development of these tools. The software for PCBoom and RUMBLE can be found on the TRB website by searching for ACRP Research Report 183.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 187p
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  • Accession Number: 01668360
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309446846
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 02-66
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 2 2018 9:21AM