Overview of sonic boom noise

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This paper provides an overview of sonic boom noise for nonspecialists. A brief description is provided and a source/path/receiver model is emphasized. Significant research has been undertaken in the last few years to develop commercial aircraft (sources) that have sonic booms that are less loud than previous designs, opening the possibility for overland supersonic flight. This work is continuing. However, there are several challenges remaining regarding the propagation (path) of sonic boom noise through the real atmosphere and in the human perception (receiver) of minimized sonic boom waveforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation 2003
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Tracks for Tomorrows Transportation
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0791837300, 9780791837306
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - Washington, DC., United States
Duration: Nov 15 2003Nov 21 2003

Publication series

NameTransportation: Making Tracks for Tomorrow's Transportation


Other2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering


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