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Joana Rocha

Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Graduate - Academic Advising
    Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 3199
    Building:Mackenzie, Room ME 3248
    Department:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Degrees:M.A.Sc., Ph.D., University of Victoria


    Dr. Joana Rocha joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Ontario, as an Assistant Professor, in July 2012. Dr. Rocha research program main focus is aeroacoustics, structural-acoustics, and turbulence modelling with applications in aerospace. Through her research, Dr. Rocha aims to design and develop new concepts of aircraft structures that are quieter. Before joining Carleton University, Dr. Joana Rocha was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Langley Research Centre and National Institute of Aerospace, in Virginia, USA, and holds a Ph.D. and a M.A.Sc., both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.

    Research Interests

    • Aeroacoustics and acoustics;
    • Aircraft noise and community noise;
    • Turbulent-flow induced noise;
    • Experimental aeroacoustics;
    • Turbulence modeling;
    • Bio-inspired structural design for noise reduction;
    • Human speech.

    Open Research Positions

    Graduate research positions are currently open in the area of experimental testing (wind tunnel), for application in aircraft design for noise reduction, and turbulence modelling. Students interested in pursuing research leading to M.A.Sc. or to a Ph.D. please contact me directly by email:

    Selected Publications

    J. Van Blitterswyk, and J. Rocha, “Prediction and Measurement of Flow-Induced Wall- Pressure Fluctuations at Low Mach Numbers”, Canadian Acoustics, 42(4): 13-25, 2014.

    J. Rocha, “Sound Radiation and Vibration of Composite Panels Excited by Turbulent Flow: Analytical Prediction and Analysis”, Shock and Vibration, Article No. 316481, 2014.

    J. Rocha and D. Palumbo, “On the sensitivity of Sound Power Radiated by Aircraft Panels to Turbulent Boundary Layer Parameters”. Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 331, No. 21, pp. 4785-4806, 2012.

    D. Palumbo and J. Rocha, “The Influence of Boundary Layer Parameters on Interior Noise”, Proceedings of the 18th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference (33rd AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference), Colorado Springs, USA, 2012.

    J. Rocha, A. Suleman and F. Lau, “Prediction of Turbulent Boundary Layer Induced Noise in the Cabin of a BWB Aircraft”. Shock and Vibration, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 693-705, 2011.

    J. Rocha, A. Suleman and F. Lau, “Flow-Induced Noise and Vibration in Aircraft Cylindrical Cabins: Closed-Form Analytical Model Validation”. Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 133, No. 5, (9 pages), 2011.

    J. Rocha, A. Suleman and F. Lau, “Turbulent Boundary Layer Induced Noise and Vibration of a Multi-Panel Walled Acoustic Enclosure”. Canadian Acoustics, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 9-22, 2010.

    J. Rocha, A. Suleman and F. Lau, “Prediction of Flow-induced Noise in Transport Vehicles: Development and Validation of a Coupled Structural-Acoustic Analytical Framework”. Canadian Acoustics, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 13-29, 2009.

    J. Rocha, P. Moniz and A. Suleman, “Aeroelastic Control of a Wing with Active Skins Using Piezoelectric Patches”. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 23-32, 2007.

    J. Rocha, P. Moniz, A. Costa and A. Suleman, “On Active Aeroelastic Control of an Adaptive Wing using Piezoelectric Actuators”. Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 278-282, 2005.