building acoustics measurement Articles

  • Fine-tuning acoustic isolation in buildings

    ACCIONA Infrastructure is ranked among the leading construction companies in the world - and is recognised for implementing the most advanced and innovative technology.  As research and design is vital to keep the company at the cutting edge in relation to technological developments, ACCIONA Infrastructure created a team to analyse noise and vibration. Where traditional ...

  • Sarakasi Theatre - room acoustical measurements and modelling

    Measuring Reverberation Time and Speech Intelligibility using Balloons and an MP3 Player as External Sound Sources The non-profit organisation Sarakasi Trust owns a theatre in Nairobi Kenya, inside the former Shan Cinema. In this theatre, youths from the city slums are trained to be acrobats, so that they learn how to make a living without having to resort to crime. Shows and concerts are ...

  • Measuring the Dispersion Coefficient with Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers

    Abstract: A method is evaluated for estimating the longitudinal dispersion coefficient K from velocities and bathymetry measured with an acoustic Doppler current profiler #1;ADCP. If shear dispersion controls the mixing, the dispersion coefficient can be estimated from measurements of velocity and depth in a cross section. The dispersion coefficient has typically been measured by costly and ...


    By Teledyne RD Instruments

  • World Class Indoor Acoustics

    On January 15th, 2005, the $440 million, new Copenhagen Opera House opened with a Royal Command Performance and the tones of Carl Nielsen, Donizetti, and Rossini. Likening the sound to the gift of a Stradivarius, the Royal theatres musical director was thrilled. It is a world class acoustic he commented, that at the same time is analytical, warm and round. Every subtlety, even the very quietest, ...

  • World class acoustics on the waterfront

    This opera house balances the intimate and the very loud.” The guest conductors, opera directors, music staff and the chairman of the orchestra were equally delighted with the sound achieved. English consulting company Arup Acoustics, responsible for the design of the new opera house’s acoustics, chose ODEON modelling software for this and for many of its other major projects within ...

  • Noise Measurement

    Definitions Threshold and criterion levels The threshold level is the A-weighted sound level at which a personal noise dosimeter begins to integrate noise into a measured exposure. For example, if the threshold level on a sound level meter is set at 80 decibels (dB), it will capture and integrate into the computation of dose all noise in the employee's hearing zone that equals or exceeds 80 dB. ...


  • Case study - Filming low-frequency structure born noise with acoustic camera

    Problem An apartment complex consists of five floors, with several apartments over four floors, and an attic on the top floor. In the attic an air circulation system is installed to provide circulation in the bathroms of all the apartments in the building. The circulation system is driven by an air fan distributing air through pipes going to all apartments. The air pipes are cemented in ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • ESTECH marks twentieth year with new acoustic testing site

    Situated less than 40 km from the centre of Tokyo, the two storey building has a hemi-anechoic chamber, an excitation test room and an associated test preparation room. The excitation test room, which can be flexibly partitioned, contains two structural beds isolated from external vibration. And two cranes capable of lifting up to 2.8 tonnes, for moving heavy structures such as engines, tractor ...

  • Case study - Pinpointing low level sanitary noise in apartment building

    Problem A newly built apartment building consists of several floors with multiple apartments on each floor. One of the ground floor apartments is disturbed by sanitary noise from the apartment above, which is heard whenever the toilets in the top apartment are being flushed. The sanitary noise is heard in several rooms, and the level was measured to be around 30 to 35 dB, which is above ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • Noise in the Animal Shelter Environment: Building Design and the Effects of Daily Noise Exposure

    Sound levels in animal shelters regularly exceed 100 dB. Noise is a physical stressor on animals that can lead to behavioral, physiological and anatomical responses. There are currently no policies regulating noise levels in dog kennels. The objective of this study was to evaluate the noise levels dogs are exposed to in an animal shelter on a continuous basis and to determine the need, if any. ...


    By Troy Acoustics Corporation

  • Case Study - Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB

    Problem Two large gas turbines (approximately 25m x 12m x 10m) were installed in an industrial area nearby an office building. The gas turbines generate a tonal noise component at around 2700Hz caused by the inlet channel blades pass frequency. This tone imposes a more stringent noise requirement on the supplier, forcing noise reducing actions being made on the turbine. ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • Integrated noise calculation and evaluation according to the EU directive on environmental noise

    The model data for acoustic calculations already contains essential characteristics for more in depth evaluation of the results (i.e. building heights, number of storeys, or ground space per storey). With additional information such as building usage and number of inhabitants, the evaluation and graphical representation of the results can be completed with only a small increase in expense. ...


    By SoundPLAN International LLC

  • Controlling the water level of a river dam case study

    SmartScan25 provides an efficient solution for controlling water level of the Wardha river reservoir from a distance of 40m (131ft) thus preventing draughts and floods to the district of Amravati, India. Upper Wardha Dam is build up on the Wardha River at a height of 36m (118ft) and 7km (4.35mi) length and situated on the boundary of Amravati and Wardha Districts, India. Controlling the water ...

  • Case study - Filming breakout noise from café and concert venue

    Problem A combined bar, bistro and concert venue in the city center has been renovated with a great emphasis on acoustic noise dampening. Nevertheless, the venue is still getting complaints from neighbours close by due to breakout noise from the location, especially during late night concerts. The establishment consists of a bar and bistro on the ground floor, with the concert venue on ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • Sound Absorption for All Saints Church Community Centre

    Acoustic specialists, Sound Reduction Systems (SRS Ltd) were approached by All Saints Church with a view to treating the poor acoustics within their community centre. They had recognised that high levels of reverberation and echo were affecting the various groups that used the space, and were looking for a solution that was both effective and decorative. Initially, Mr Les Munns (Church Building ...


    By Sound Reduction Systems Ltd

  • That air conditioner noise is annoying!

    The sound of the HVAC System in your office or factory may be annoying depending on who you ask; the person who has to live with it, or the person who has to pay for it. To measure background noise levels objectively, we use Noise Curves. International standards organizations (ISO, ANSI and ASA) recognize the need to objectify judgements on the amount of ambient noise in enclosed ...


    By NTi Audio AG

  • How to certify aero engines

    Aircraft Engine Noise Certification PowerJet, formed as a joint venture between Russian OAO NPO Saturn & French SNECMA (SAFRAN Group), have designed and built the new SaM146 turbofan engine selected by the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to power its Superjet 100 aircraft family. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a medium-haul airliner developed in collaboration with Alenia Aeronautica (Italy), and ...

  • Demolition Noise Monitoring with John F Hunt - Case Study

    Cirrus Environmental has enjoyed a long alliance with John F Hunt Demolition going back over many years, so much so, the company’s Health, Safety & Environmental Department has accumulated almost an historic arsenal of Cirrus equipment that charts the journey of noise monitoring over the years. About John F Hunt Demolition The ...


    By Cirrus Environmental

  • Good looks Are not enough

    With its stringent exterior and interior noise testing programs, the FIAT Group gains competitive advantages in a market where customer satisfaction is the key to success. For its wind tunnel test programs, Brüel & Kjær is FIAT's preferred supplier covering the whole measurement chain – from microphones and accelerometers to the most advanced noisemapping solutions. The FIAT ...

  • Increasing efficiency with permanent leakage monitoring - Case study

    Abstract In this paper information from Water Authorities in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Australia that have purchased permanent monitoring leak detection equipment is reviewed and the findings are presented in a structured format that covers the following: Justification for permanent monitoring Evaluating the different product offerings Selecting the ...


    By Gutermann AG

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