Measurement of flanking transmission using a modified SEA-method

S. Schoenwald, T.R.T. Nightingale, E. Gerretsen, H.J. Martin

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This paper reports results from a research project that examines flanking sound transmission involving lightweight gypsum board walls using SEA. There are multiple transmission paths between any two gypsum board surfaces coupled by the junction. This is because the gypsum board leaves of a wall are often resiliently mounted to the studs, which forms a cavity and transverse velocity is not the same on either side of the wall. Often the assumption is made that power flow occurs along every path independently and the power balance method is applied to estimate the flanking transmission along every path independently. This approach overestimates the power flow along each of the single paths, since their magnitude is a complex function of the wall structure. However, two different approaches of application of the power balance method to estimate the total flanking sound transmission between two rooms from measured surface velocity level differences between two leaves are presented in this paper. One is a common approach that was already applied in earlier work to identify the relative importance of the different paths that might contribute to the overall transmission at the regarded junction. The velocity level difference is measured between the surfaces of the flanking walls that are exposed two the source and receiving room respectively where the first is excited structurally. In the second, the modified measurement approach, the surface velocity of the wall that is not exposed to the source room is measured instead to get some benefit in predicting the structural response of this leaf to airborne excitation in the source room. The results of the methods are compared and the advantages as well as the disadvantages of both methods are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th International Congress & Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering: Internoise 2007, Istanbul, Turkey
Place of PublicationIstanbul, Turkey
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event36th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-noise 2007) - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 28 Aug 200731 Aug 2007
Conference number: 36


Conference36th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-noise 2007)
Abbreviated titleINTER-NOISE 2007


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