Dr Michael Joseph Kingan

BE (Hons), PhD


I obtained my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, investigating the aeroacoustic noise produced by an aerofoil. Following my PhD I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then a lecturer at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton. During this time I worked mainly investigating the noise produced by Advanced Open Rotor engines. Since joining the University of Auckland in 2015 I have continued my research in aeroacoustics and have broadened my research interests into topics related to wind energy, vibroacoustics and building acoustics. I lead the Acoustics Testing Service at the University of Auckland, which provides testing and contract research services primarily to commercial clients. I am manager of the Acoustics Laboratories and Deputy Director of the Acoustics Research Centre (ARC).

Research | Current

  • Aerodynamics: UAV propeller aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, ducted wind turbines, sports aerodynamics.
  • Aeroacoustics: Noise from Contra-Rotating Advanced Open Rotors, Jet-Wing Interaction Noise.
  • Vibroacoustics/Building Acoustics: Development of a Wave and Finite Element Method for Predicting Sound Transmission, Rain Noise.

Teaching | Current

MECHENG 211 Thermofluids

MECHENG 712 Aerohydrodynamics

MECHENG 726 Acoustics for Engineers

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of the Acoustical Society of New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kingan, M. J., & Parry, A. B. (2020). Time-domain analysis of contra-rotating propeller noise: wake interaction with a downstream propeller blade. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 901 (A21)10.1017/jfm.2020.504
  • Kingan, M. J., & Parry, A. B. (2020). Acoustic theory of the many-bladed contra-rotating propeller: the effects of sweep on noise enhancement and reduction. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 468.10.1016/j.jsv.2019.115089
  • Dawson, M. F., Lawrence, J. L. T., Self, R. H., & Kingan, M. J. (2020). Validation of a jet–surface interaction noise model in flight. AIAA Journal10.2514/1.J058639
  • Yang, Y., Mace, B. R., & Kingan, M. J. (2020). Ranking of sound transmission paths by wave and finite element analysis. Journal of Sound and Vibration10.1016/j.jsv.2020.115765
  • Schmid, G., Kingan, M. J., Panton, L., Willmott, G. R., Yang, Y., Decraene, C., ... Hall, A. (2020). On the measurement and prediction of rainfall noise. Applied Acoustics10.1016/j.apacoust.2020.107636
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yi Yang, Geoff Willmott
  • Hulland, T., Su, A., & Kingan, M. (2020). Noise in an inpatient hospital ward in New Zealand. Building Acoustics, Online first.10.1177/1351010X20916120
  • Cicirello, A., Mace, B. R., Kingan, M. J., & Yang, Y. (2020). Sensitivity analysis of generalised eigenproblems and application to wave and finite element models. Journal of Sound and Vibration10.1016/j.jsv.2020.115345
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Mace, Yi Yang
  • Yang, Y., Mace, B. R., & Kingan, M. J. (2019). A wave and finite element based homogenised model for predicting sound transmission through honeycomb panels. JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, 46310.1016/j.jsv.2019.114963
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Mace, Yi Yang

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 953
New Zealand