real-time sound measuring Articles

  • Are Those Inexpensive iPad Sound Measurement Apps Any Good?

    Are those inexpensive iPad sound measurement apps any good? Are they as accurate as a properly calibrated $2,000 type 2 sound level meter? Let's review three separate studies, and an article: Study #1 In early 2014, NIOSH reviewed 192 sound measurement apps. NIOSH concluded, ...

  • Noise, sound, decibels, hearing

    A decibel–a measure of sound. Like all short answers, this one leaves out a lot. When we hear a sound, its because our brain has received a nerve impulse from the nerve cells in the Inner Ear, which consist of a bone, called the Cochlea because it resembles a snail shell. These cells have long “hairs” that project into fluid inside the cochlea. There is a hole in the cochlea ...

  • Sustainability: Time to Get in the Real Game - The sustainability victories we are claiming these days are still marginal to the core work of the world.

    “Corporate sustainability reporting is dead.” Not the words of a anti-corporatist radical green — but of Peter Bakker, president and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, on stage ...


    By Ensia

  • Support to Aviation Control Service (SACS): an online service for near-real-time satellite monitoring of volcanic plumes

    Volcanic eruptions emit plumes of ash and gases into the atmosphere, potentially at very high altitudes. Ash-rich plumes are hazardous for airplanes as ash is very abrasive and easily melts inside their engines. With more than 50 active volcanoes per year and the ever-increasing number of commercial flights, the safety of airplanes is a real concern. Satellite measurements are ideal for ...

  • Tackling Office Noise – The Sound Investment

    Open offices or shared offices can offer great benefits in terms of communication but they can also present challenges. We’ve all had problems with noise in the office - the incessant chatter of your colleagues ruining your concentration; people shouting over you when you are trying to have a conversation on the phone; perhaps even maintenance or construction work going on next door. ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • 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. ...


  • Measurement Uncertainty in Environmental Noise Measurement

    Any measurement is meaningless without an uncertainty or tolerance associated with it. All measured numbers contain errors, and as such have an associated uncertainty. Disturbing as it is to an engineer, it is actually not possible to measure anything exactly. One definition of uncertainty is “A parameter, associated with the result of a measurement that characterizes the dispersion of the ...

  • Designing that unique Ferrari sound using NVH Simulation

    Our NVH simulation technology enabled Ferrari to perform virtual evaluations of alternative design decisions in an interactive, free-driving scenario. Ferraris are distinguished by a unique sound that is as carefully tuned as a piece of music. Creating this characteristic sound authentically and yet keeping it within legal limits requires careful component design and selection. Our NVH ...

  • What is a Data Logging Sound Level Meter?

    Looking to buy a sound level meter? You’ll probably see the term “data logging sound level meter” quite frequently. But what exactly is a data logging sound level meter and what does it mean for your noise measurements? Sound level meters have come a long way since Cirrus starting manufacturing their own models in the 1970s. The advances in computing technology has made it far ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • What to look for when buying a sound level meter

    Sound level meters: a matter of class  Since sound level meters, or slm's were invented, they have existed in various grades of accuracy.  Today, accuracy is referred to as 'Class' and the reason behind all this rests with the ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • 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

  • Listening In: Smartball Detects Ancient Buried Sounds

    For this leak detection survey, Pure’s innovative free-swimming acoustic tool gathered critical information about the aging pipeline assets of this historic Arabian city. This large public utility supplies bulk water to this bustling, historic resort city located in the Arabian Penninsula region. The city’s infrastructure – above ground and below – ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Sound Level Meter Apps – How Accurate Are They?

    There has been a growing awareness of the availability and application of sound level meter apps providing noise measurement functions. Some of these sound level meter apps have been designed to meet, when used with a suitable external microphone, compliance with the relevant instrumentation standards. The vast majority of these are available as free downloads from the Google Play Store or the ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • A Guide to Noise Measurement Terminology

    There are 100s of different acoustic parameters that can be used during your noise measurements. Each parameter can tell you something different the noise you’re monitoring. How do you remember what all this noise measurement terminology means and what it does? We’ve already covered ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • How Often You Should Calibrate A Sound Level Meter

    Do you calibrate a sound level meter frequently? Most sound level meter users know they must calibrate their sound level meters but a questions I frequently get asked if “how often?” Here’s my best practice advice so you can calibrate with confidence. What Do We Mean by Sound Level Meter ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Impact of sound attenuation by suspended sediment on ADCP backscatter calibrations

    Abstract. Although designed for velocity measurements, acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) are widely being used to monitor suspended particulate matter in rivers and in marine environments. To quantify mass concentrations of suspended matter, ADCP backscatter is generally calibrated with in situ measurements. ADCP backscatter calibrations are often highly site-specific and season ...


    By Teledyne RD Instruments

  • Wastewater Level Measurement Techniques

    Level monitoring and control is a fundamental requirement in any wastewater treatment process. You will find level instrumentation installed at even the simplest treatment plants for pump control, chemical storage tanks and process level controls or alarms. Operators have only limited or emergency control over treatment plant influent, so level controls and instrumentation play an important role ...


    By Greyline Instruments Inc.

  • Measuring Road Traffic Noise

    As part of an overall measurement programme to monitor road traffic noise in Århus (Denmarks second largest city), the Local Authority set up a noise measurement station on one of the major approach roads to Århus Harbour. This noise measurement station continually measures noise levels and can give a round-the-clock picture of noise level variations. Like most other districts, Århus Local ...

  • The EI technical programme – based on sound science since 1914

    The technical programme has always been a cornerstone of the EI, stretching back many decades into its predecessor institutes. Here, Martin Maeso looks back at some of the early technical work streams, some of which are still with us, and how they have evolved into today’s technical programme. It will not have escaped many reading this edition of EnergyWorld that we are in the centenary ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • The sound quality of vehicle interior noise: a challenge for the NVH-engineers

    The sound quality of vehicle interior noise has become a very important task for the acoustic engineers since more than 20 years. As vehicles become more and more quiet, the customer's sensitiveness for the acoustical comfort increases. On the one hand, no disturbing noises should be heard and on the other hand, the perceived sound quality, for example from the powertrain, should fulfill the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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