Welcome to AANTC website!

The Aerodynamics Acoustics & Noise control Technology Centre (AANTC) is located at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which has a strong international reputation and consistently ranks high among major engineering institutes around the world. In the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings in Engineering and Technology, HKUST was ranked No. 1 in Greater China and 21st globally. AANTC, led by Professor Xin Zhang, brings together academic staff, research fellows and PhD students using state-of-the-art computer simulations and advanced anechoic wind tunnel testing to develop new computational methods, noise prediction methods, noise reduction concepts, and provide engineering solutions for the industry. The centre possesses high-order in-house computational aeroacoustic codes and various acoustic and aerodynamic test facilities.

Research in AANTC

Low noise UAM in modern cities

Unmanned air mobility (UAM) or drones can be widely applied to various scenarios such as photography, entertainment, security, logistics and delivery, civil engineering inspection, infrastructure maintenance. The high efficiency, high flexibility and low-cost properties make it promising transportation means for the modern smart cities. The development of the drone for the passengers and cargo in a city is a potential solution to reduce the traffic jam. However, the widening application of drones in populated cities can cause noise pollution. In AANTC, the drone noise properties are investigated using combined methodologies of numerical simulation, experimental analysis and theoretical analysis. The drone noise impact on the environment is evaluated, and the strategies to reduce the noise impact to are being explored for the purpose of low-noise, low-emission and high-efficiency drone applications. The target requires multi-disciplinary studies such as aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, operation research and intelligent transportations.

Simulation of unpiloted aerial vehicle.

UAM acoustic measurement.

Computational Fluid Dynamics of UAM.

Rotor noise measurement and reduction.

Rotor noise dignositic using source imaging.

Acoustic imaging on BVI.

Environmental noise impact assessment.

Investigation of the influence of UAM configuration.

Low-noise UAM routine planning.

Job Opportunities

We are currently looking for research assistants, PhD candidates and research fellows.


The AANTC is at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


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Call for applications

Computational bike aerodynamics

Research fellows and assistants needed for CFD simulations on bike aerodynamics.

Experimental bike aerodynamics

Research fellows and assistants needed for wind tunnel experiments.

Drone noise modelling

Research assistant needed (only for graduates from HK universities) on drone noise modelling.

Professor Xin Zhang

Xin Zhang holds a PhD degree in fluid mechanics from the Cambridge University, UK and BEng in aerospace engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and associated fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is currently the Swire Professor of Aeropace Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.Dr Zhang conducts research and lectures in aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, in particular aircraft aerodynamics and noise. He has conducted experimental and computational research in the area of unsteady aerodynamics, ground effect aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and aircraft noise. He is an authority in the area of aircraft noise including both airframe and propulsive unit noise. He performed research in its understanding, developed novel and accurate numerical schemes for its prediction, devised methods for noise attenuation, and designed and constructed predictive codes based on physics for noise prediction which are being used by industry.Dr Zhang has published over 200 papers including 95 archival papers. He has been an effective educator, establishing the first MSc course in racing car aerodynamics in the world at Southampton. To date, he has supervised nearly 50 PhD/EngD students as main supervisor; these students currently hold diverse positions in academia, aerospace and automotive industries, government, and other sectors.

Personal website

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Publication list

List of publications and conference abstracts.

Contact details

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