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Measurement of sound absorption coefficients of flat surfaces in a workshop

Abstract : To improve the acoustic treatment of facings and provide appropriate solutions for noise control at workplace , it is necessary to develop methods of acoustic characterization of the walls in industrial halls. Sound absorption coefficient measurement in industrial rooms is however quite a difficult task because of the partially reverberant conditions. This work describes the measurement of the sound absorption coefficient of flat panels subject to small angle sound incidence, in an industrial hall using an experimental device equipped with an acoustic array. The directivity of this array has been optimized so that the major part of the received acoustic energy would come from one portion only of the investigated facing, this, in turn attenuating the reflected beams due to the reverberation. This new device includes an impulse sound source targeting the panels. The present article focuses mainly on the sound source design and implementation. It also describes some sound absorption measurements carried in a semi-anechoic chamber and in an industrial hall in order to examine the performance of the device. Sound absorption coefficients of several standard liners obtained through this device have been compared to those resulted from the two microphone technique.
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Joël Ducourneau, V. Planeau, J. Chatillon, A. Nejade. Measurement of sound absorption coefficients of flat surfaces in a workshop. Applied Acoustics, Elsevier, 2009, 70 (5), pp.710 - 721. ⟨10.1016/j.apacoust.2008.09.001⟩. ⟨hal-01755219⟩



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