R. Merino Martinez

R. Merino Martinez

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In 2018, Roberto obtained the prestigious cum laude distinction (only top 5% PhDs are eligible) for his PhD thesis " Microphone arrays for imaging of aerospace noise sources".
He also received the Clean Sky Academy Award for the best PhD thesis in Applied Sciences and Engineering for Aeronautics in Europe in 2019.
In 2020, he received the second prize in the TRA VISIONS Young Researcher Competition in the field of Aviation, founded by the EU.

Biography

Dr. Roberto Merino-Martinez is a tenure-track assistant professor at the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects (ANCE) section of the Aerospace Engineering Faculty of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). He is also a part-time aeroacoustics consultant for the engineering company Peutz bv.

Roberto obtained his BSc and MSc in Aerospace Engineering at the Universidad PolitĆ©cnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain after completing a research stay in the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) of Stockholm, Sweden within an Erasmus grant. After that, he obtained his PhD cum laude in TU Delft in December 2018. Afterwards he worked 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher in the same research group.

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Roberto's research focuses on the use of microphone arrays (also known as acoustic cameras) and advanced acoustic imaging techniques that enable sound visualization. This approach is especially useful in the field of aeroacoustics, in which the noise sources on e.g. flying aircraft or wind turbines can be identified, isolated, and analyzed. Therefore, this is a necessary step to obtain quieter aircraft and wind turbines, since we can identify and characterize the noise sources to mitigate. Roberto has extensive experience in aeroacoustic experiments in field tests and wind-tunnel measurements, as well as noise modelling tools. During the last years, he has been studying the field of psychoacoustics to determine the perceptive human response to aircraft and wind turbine noise and how to optimize the designs to provide the most pleasant-sounding devices.

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  • 2023-8-3

    Veni grant AES 2022

    Luister naar de toekomst: duurzame vliegtuigtechnologieƫn mogelijk maken door de geluidshinder te minimaliseren

    Nieuwe technologieƫn die nodig zijn om tot een milieuvriendelijke luchtvaart te komen (bijvoorbeeld elektrische voortstuwing) moeten ook minimale geluidshinder veroorzaken om maatschappelijk aanvaardbaar te zijn. Ik stel een innovatieve, perceptiegestuurde ontwerpmethodiek voor die een paradigmaverschuiving vertegenwoordigt met betrekking tot state-of-the-art benaderingen, die eerst ontwerpen en daarna zoeken naar strategieƫn voor geluidsdemping. Ik neem voor het eerst de menselijke perceptie van geluid op in aero-akoestisch onderzoek en vliegtuigontwerpproces door nieuwe geluidskwaliteit-meetwaarden te evalueren en psycho-akoestische luisterexperimenten uit te voeren. Deze aanpak vermindert de geluidsimpact van de luchtvaart in lokale gemeenschappen en kan worden uitgebreid naar andere sectoren, zoals drones en windturbines.

  • 2020-9-29

    2nd prize at the TRA VISIONS 2020 young researchers competition: Category: Airborne

    Seeing with sound ā€“ towards silent aviation
    TRA VISIONS 2020

  • 2019-5-28

    Clean Sky Academy Best PhD Award 2019

    The fourth edition of the Clean Sky Academy Best PhD Award took place during
    Aerodays in Bucharest on 28 May 2019. The award recognises outstanding research
    work by young scientists in applied sciences and engineering for aeronautics. Meet
    our winners below!
    Aerodays 2019

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