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Measurement of airborne sound insulation of timber noise barriers: Comparison of in-situ method CEN/TS 1793 with laboratory method EN1793-2

By Gregory R. Watts and P. Morgan


NoRecent progress in the development of European standards has allowed the in situ testing of roadside noise barriers. CEN/TS 1793-5 describes a test method using maximum length sequences (MLS) for the characterisation of airborne sound insulation. However, many barriers are tested according to a laboratory standard, EN 1793-2, based on measurements carried out in reverberant chambers and in the case of timber barriers with a relatively low airborne sound insulation it is not clear to what extent the results of the two tests compare. The paper describes the results of tests carried out using both methods. Six samples of timber barrier were compared including single-leaf and double-leaf constructions and single-leaf constructions with an absorptive core. Very good agreement was found especially when account was taken of the valid frequency range in each test method. The results open up the possibility of routinely evaluating the performance of timber barriers at the roadside where build quality can be variable and there are concerns that the acoustic performance may not match that obtained under laboratory test conditions where typically the barrier is more carefully constructed

Topics: Noise barrier, Airborne sound insulation, Test methods
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2006.03.001
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Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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