Prediction of sound pressure levels in irregularly shaped factory spaces
Zinskie, John H.
Mitchell, Larry D.
Hurst, Charles J.
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The prediction of sound pressure levels in irregularly shaped factory spaces is approached through an analysis of acoustically coupled rooms. Previous work has indicated that room surface sound absorption characteristics create a theoretical interdependence between the sound pressure fields in each coupled volume. Whenever a barrier is interposed between a sound source and observer, the effects of diffraction must also be considered. A computer algorithm was developed to predict sound pressure levels in irregularly shaped rooms using a modified statistical acoustic theory. The program is based on a conversational technique and requires the user to enter information regarding room geometry, surface absorptions, receiver placements, and source sound power and placement information. Several output options are provided, among which is a plan view print-plot of sound pressure level contours in the analysis room. [Work supported by NSF.]