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Victor Sparrow

Director of Graduate Program in Acoustics, and United Technologies Corporation Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Acoustics

201 Applied Science Building

vws1@psu.edu

814-865-6364

Research Areas:

Aeroacoustics

Interest Areas:

Sonic booms, outdoor sound propagation, computational acoustics, structural acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, scientific visualization.

 
 

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Duke University, 1985
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1987
  • Ph D, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1990

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • Victor W Sparrow, 2010, Sonic Boom, Wiley

Journal Articles

  • William J. Doebler and Victor W Sparrow, 2017, "Stability of sonic boom metrics regarding signature distortions from atmospheric turbulence", JASA Express Letters, 141, (6)
  • Joyce A. Rosenbaum, Anthony A Atchley and Victor W Sparrow, 2016, "Inclusion of elevation angle source directivity in the parabolic equation method", Noise Control Engineering Journal, 64, (2)
  • Alexandre Jolibois, Jerome DeFrance, H Koreneff, Philippe Jean, Denis Duhamel and Victor W Sparrow, 2015, "In situ measurement of the acoustic performance of a full scale tramway low height noise barrier prototype", Applied Acoustics, 94, pp. 57-68
  • J. Salamone, Victor W Sparrow and K. Plotkin, 2013, "Solution of the lossy nonlinear Tricomi equation with application to sonic boom focusing", AIAA J., 51, (7), pp. 1745-1754
  • A. Jolibois, D. Duhamel, Victor W Sparrow, J. Defrance and P. Jean, 2012, "Scattering by a cylinder covered with an arbitrary distribution of impedance and application to the optimization of a tramway noise abatement system", J. Sound Vib., 331, pp. 5597-5622
  • S. T. Cho and Victor W Sparrow, 2011, "Diffraction of sonic booms around buildings resulting in the building spiking effect", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 129, (3), pp. 1250-1260
  • K. L. Gee, Victor W Sparrow, M. M. James, J. M. Downing, C. M. Hobbs, T. B. Gabrielson and A. A. Atchley, 2008, "The role of nonlinear effects in the propagation of noise from high-power jet aircraft", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 123, (6), pp. 4082-4093
  • Lance L. Locey and Victor W Sparrow, 2007, "Modeling atmospheric turbulence as a filter for sonic boom propagation", Noise Control Eng. J., 55, (6), pp. 495-503
  • Kent L. Gee, Victor W Sparrow, Michael M. James, J. Micah Downing, Christopher M. Hobbs, Thomas B. Gabrielson and Anthony A. Atchley, 2007, "Measurement and prediction of noise propagation from a high-power jet aircraft", AIAA J., 45, (12), pp. 3003-3006
  • Kent L. Gee, Victor W Sparrow, Anthony Atchley and Thomas B. Gabrielson, 2007, "On the perception of crackle in high-amplitude jet noise", AIAA Journal, 45, (3), pp. 593-598
  • K. L. Gee, S. Hales Swift, Victor W Sparrow, K. J. Plotkin and J. M. Downing, 2007, "On the potential limitations of conventaional sound metrics in quantifying perception of nonlinearly propagated noise", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 121, (1), pp. EL1-7
  • Alexandra Loubeau, Victor W Sparrow, Larry L. Pater and Wayne M. Wright, 2006, "High-frequency measurements of blast wave propagation", JASA Express Letters, 120, (3), pp. EL29-EL35
  • K. L. Gee and Victor W Sparrow, 2006, "Measurement and prediction of nonlinearity in outdoor propagation of periodic signals", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 120, (5), pp. 2491-2499
  • O. Al-Bataineh, T. D. Mast, E. Park, Victor W Sparrow, R. M. Keolian and N. B. Smith, 2006, "Utilization of the k-space method in the design of a ferroelectric hyperthermia phased array", Ferroelectrics, 331, pp. 103-120
  • K. L. Gee, T. B. Gabrielson, A. A. Atchley and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Preliminary analysis of nonlinearity in military jet aircraft noise propagation", AIAA Journal, 43, (6), pp. 1398-1401
  • M. S. Wochner, A. Atchley and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Numerical simulation of finite amplitude wave propagation in air using a realistic atmospheric absorption model", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 118, (5), pp. 2891-2898

Conference Proceedings

  • Joshua Palmer and Victor W Sparrow, 2015, "Measured N-wave sonic boom events and sensitivity in sonic boom metrics", AIP Publishing, LLC, Melville, NY, USA, 1685
  • Erik Petersen and Victor W Sparrow, 2015, "Effects of carbon dioxide on atmospheric absorption of noise for en-route aircraft and supersonic aircraft", Proc. Internoise 2015
  • Victor W Sparrow and Rachel Romond, 2014, "Atmospheric absorption effects on the propagation of aircraft noise", Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 8
  • K. Riegel and Victor W Sparrow, 2012, "Sonic boom propagation in urban canyons", Proc. of Internoise 2012/ASME NCAD meeting, Paper IN12-656

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • Victor W Sparrow, Jiri Tichy, Anthony A Atchley and Sabih Hayek, 2015, "The Penn State Acoustics Program at 50", Acoustics Today, 11, (4), pp. 42-48
  • Alexandre Jolibois, Jerome DeFrance, H Koreneff, Philippe Jean, Denis Duhamel and Victor W Sparrow, 2014, "Mesure in situ de la perte par insertion d'un prototype de potection antibruit de faible hauteur adapte au tramway", Acoustique & Techniques, 75

Abstracts

  • A. B. Lind and Victor W Sparrow, 2013, "The impact of including diffraction when predicting the effect of listener environment on the perceived loudness of outdoor sonic booms.", J. Acoust. Soc. Am, 133, (5, Pt. 2)
  • A. Christian and Victor W Sparrow, 2013, "A multi-objective evolutionary optimization approach to procedural flight-noise mitigation", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 133, (5, Pt. 2)

Other

  • B. Kim and Victor W Sparrow, 2013, "Comparison of finite element models for residential building walls and low frequency sound transmission"
  • R. Romond and Victor W Sparrow, 2013, "Incorporating real atmospheres into aviation noise models using meteorological data from the AERMOD atmospheric dispersion model"
  • S. Liu, Victor W Sparrow and Y. Makino, 2013, "Establishing new noise standards for civil supersonic aircraft: status report", pp. 73-77
  • J. Salamone and Victor W Sparrow, 2012, "A sonic boom propagation model including mean flow atmospheric effects"
  • A. Jolibois, D. Duhamel, Victor W Sparrow, J. Defrance and P. Jean, 2012, "Application of admittance optimization to the design of a low-height tramway noise barrier"
  • Victor W Sparrow, X. Di and F. Brittain, 2011, "Why full wave methods? What a noise control engineer should know"
  • J. Rosenbaum, Victor W Sparrow and A. Atchley, 2011, "Comparison between a hybrid parabolic equation-fast field program model and a ray-based method of outdoor sound propagation"
  • K. Poulain, Victor W Sparrow, K. Brentner and L. Sutherland, 2010, "Application of atmospheric absorption models for aircraft en-route noise"
  • J. Rosenbaum, A. Atchley and Victor W Sparrow, 2010, "Modeling propagation of aviation noise under range-dependent conditions, using a Parabolic Equation method"
  • J. E. Rosenbaum, A. A. Atchley and Victor W Sparrow, 2009, "Enhanced sound propagation modeling of aviation noise using a hybrid parabolic equation - fast field program method"
  • A. Lind and Victor W Sparrow, 2009, "Including the effects of terrain reflections and postboom noise in sonic booms"
  • Victor W Sparrow and S. Garrett, 2008, "An audio reproduction grand challenge: design a system to sonic boom an entire house"
  • S. Cho and Victor W Sparrow, 2008, "Sonic boom diffraction around buildings using a finite difference time domain approach"
  • L. Locey, Victor W Sparrow and A. Piacsek, 2008, "Sonic boom post processing to include atmospheric turbulence effects"
  • E. Haering, L. Cliatt, T. Bunce, T. Garbrielson and Victor W Sparrow, 2008, "Initial results from the variable intensity sonic boom propagation database"
  • A. Piacsek, L. Locey and Victor W Sparrow, 2008, "Time-domain modeling of atmospheric turbulence effects on sonic boom propagation"
  • Victor W Sparrow, L. L. Pater and T. B. Gabrielson, 2007, "Nonlinear effects in the propagation and measurement of blast waves", pp. 7
  • L. L. Locey and Victor W Sparrow, 2007, "Perceived loudness fluctuations in low-boom signatures due to atmospheric turbulence", pp. 6
  • K. L. Gee and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Quantifying nonlinearity in the propagation of noise from military jet aircraft"
  • M. M. James, J. M. Downing, C. H. Hobbs, K. L. Gee and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Nonlinearity in the outdoor propagation of high-power jet noise: measurement results"
  • Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "PARTNER Project 8: Sonic boom mitigation"
  • K. L. Gee, A. A. Atchley, L. E. Falco, T. B. Gabrielson and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Bispectral analysis of high-amplitude jet noise", pp. AIAA Paper 2005-2937
  • K. L. Gee, Victor W Sparrow, T. B. Gabrielson and A. A. Atchley, 2005, "Nonlinear modeling of F/A-18E noise propagation", pp. AIAA Paper 2005-3089
  • L. E. Falco, K. L. Gee, A. A. Atchley and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Investigation of a single point indicator of nonlinearity in one-dimensional propagation", pp. 1385-1389
  • K. L. Gee and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Asymptotic behavior in the numerical propagation of finite-amplitude jet noise"
  • A. L. Loubeau and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Nonlinear propagation of high-frequency energy from blast waves"
  • L. Locey and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "FIR filter models for sonic boom propagation through turbulence"
  • D. Sastrapradja and Victor W Sparrow, 2005, "Rayleigh streaming simulation in a cylindrical tube using the vorticity transport equation"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Rayleigh Lecture, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, November 2016 - November 2016

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